Thursday, August 14, 2008
FINA Approval of New World Cup Cities
The 2008 FINA Bureau Meeting told place in Beijing during the Olympics. Various decisions were made including the approval of 2 new National Federations: Afghanistan and British Virgin Islands. The total number of FINA Federations is now 197.
Additionally, the calendar of the 2009 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup and the 2009 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix were approved.
This calendar includes two new World Cup events in the U.S. One in Long Beach, California and one in Manhattan, New York.
The Long Beach event is being organized by Olympic pole vault champion Bob Seagren and his event management team at International City Racing. The Manhattan event is being organized by Morty Berger and his colleagues at the Manhattan Island Foundation.
FINA also announced that 164 countries sent 1,043 pool swimmers, 50 open water swimmers, 145 divers, 104 synchronized swimmers and 260 water polo players to the Beijing Olympics.
Photo of Marine Stadium in Long Beach, California.
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