Kazan, Russia and GUADALAJARA, MEXICO WILL BE HEADQUARTERS 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championship

The FINA office announced the hosts for the 2015 and 2017 World Championships: Kazan, Russia and Guadalajara, Mexico. These will officially be the 16 and 17 versions of the World Championships, respectively. The 2013 World Championships will be held in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Kazan, home of the 2015 Championship, is a city of 1.1 million people located along the Russian Volga River. In 2009, it was properly named the “capital sport of Russia”, and in 2013 will have a test at the Summer Universiade (also known as the World University Games). Based on current stocks, this makes the smallest city in Kazan to ever organize a FINA World Championship.

A key factor in the decision, according to all Russian Federation Swimming President Vladimir Salnikov, is the fact that everyone in the city likes sports. Salnikov is a former Olympic swimmer and champion. The Russian delegation was aided by former Sprint star Alexander Popov, who is a six-time world champion.

The Swimming Place for the 2015 Championship is likely to be built around the in-progress “Aquatic Palace” being built for the Universiade. That site will be able to maintain 4,200 people, which make it a good starting point as one of the auxiliary aquatic places.

Russia will have much practice in organizing major sporting events over the next decade. This continues a winning streak for the country, which will see the 2013 Universiade, 2014 Winter Olympics 2018 World Cup Soccer, and now the FINA World Championships 2015 World Championships. 

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Tribute to Bill Matson

FINA Vice President Bill Matson was remembered for his more than 40 years of service to aquatics at a Memorial Service on Monday, August 15 at St Luke’s Anglican Church in Waikanae, New Zealand.  Matson had surgery during the final days of the FINA World Championships and died last Monday on his birthday at the age of 72 at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, China.

“Bill’s example and devotion for the aquatic sports will remain a reference in our mind and heart, In this moment of grief, FINA would like to express its most sincere condolences and sympathy to Bill’s family and friends, as well as to the aquatic community in his native New Zealand and Oceania,” said FINA President Julio Maglione.
“Swimming New Zealand is in mourning with the news of the passing of a man who was involved in many aspects of swimming and regarded as a friend of athletes, coaches and teachers of swimming.”  Swimming New Zealand chairman Murray Coulter said: “We had all expected he would make a speedy recovery. It’s an absolute tragedy for the family and for the sport of swimming.”

Mr. Matson had been involved in swimming administration for more than four decades, rising to become a FINA Bureau member in 1996, re-elected in 2000 and elected Vice President of FINA in 2005.  He was a Past President and Life Member of Swimming New Zealand and also of the Wellington Swimming Association.  He was President of Oceania Swimming Association from its inception in 1991 until 2008. He was a former board member on the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

Mr. Matson was appointed to the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee in 1992 and in 1996 elected as a member of the FINA Bureau. In this capacity he served as the FINA Bureau Liaison to the Open Water Swimming Committee. FINA President Maglione appointed Matson to serve as the Liaison to the Masters Committee and in this capacity he traveled to Riccione, Italy, in May to visit the aquatic venues and to oversee the organisation of the 14th edition of the FINA World Masters Championships scheduled for June 2012.  He was the FINA Protocol Officer from 1997 to 2009; this responsibility included the coordination of presenters for every swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo medal presented to athletes at the FINA World Championships and at the Olympic Games.

Mr. Matson retired from the New Zealand Public Service in 1999 and at that time held the position of Deputy Secretary of Defence. In 2010 he was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when she appointed him an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to swimming.

Mr Matson and his wife of 49 years Joan lived at Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast where they enjoyed a long association with Raumati Swimming Club. Planning had already begun for a cruise on the Nile River with friends and family to celebrate the couples golden anniversary next December on the eve of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Turkey. Mr. Matson is survived by his wife, son Paul and daughter Susan and four grandchildren.

FINA Bureau member Dennis Miller and John West of the FINA Open Water Committee represented the international federation at Monday’s service. Mr. Matson’s innumerable contributions to each of the aquatic disciplines will be recalled by members of his sporting club, representatives of the New Zealand Swimming Federation, National Federation leaders throughout Oceania and throughout the entire family of FINA.

His greatest achievements include his dedication to his family, his loyalty to his country and the warm and open armed friendship which Bill shared with so many people worldwide.

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