First Annual FINA World Aquatics Convention Concludes in Uruguay

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, September 29. THE 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention came to a conclusion in Punta del Este (URU), constituting a great success, both in terms of participation and outcome of the discussions and exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Delegates from 135 FINA National Federations were in Uruguay, and 225 Aquatic business-related companies' representatives also attended the Convention. A total of 457 participants were registered in Punta del Este.

For this successful first edition, National Federations, partners and exhibitors were pleased with the opportunity of interacting and being together for the benefit of Aquatics and for the reinforcement of their business opportunities.

In his closing speech, the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione considered: "This is only the first edition, but it was obvious that the need for this opportunity was felt by the entire Aquatic Family. We all learnt a lot from this experience and we go home sure that we belong to a great aquatic community. Throughout the several items discussed here in Uruguay and with one concrete tool in the hands – the FINA National Development Plan -, FINA members have now an extended knowledge on the challenges they must meet for growing and developing."

FINA will now open a bidding process for the second edition of this Convention, to be organised in October/November 2012.

On that date, FINA National Federations will have the privilege of benefiting from the Aquatics experience at the London Olympic Games, and of proceeding the FINA strategy to improve the value of the FINA brand and the promotion of our Sport.

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