Fort Lauderdale to Host World Aquatics High Diving World Cup

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World Aquatics announced that the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center will host the World Aquatics High Diving World Cup on May 26-27.

The World Aquatics High Diving World Cup will see the world’s top high divers compete in the state-of-the-art Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center, following its recent $47 million in renovations, the governing body announced. The venue, which has one of the highest diving platforms in the world, is a premier destination for global competitive swimming and diving, having hosted thousands of meets since its opening in 1965.

The World Aquatics High Diving World Cup – Fort Lauderdale 2023 will serve as a direct qualification for the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka.

The top 24 women and top 24 men high divers from the final ranking, with a maximum of 3 per gender per Member Federation, will qualify for the World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka 2023.

“We are very proud to have the opportunity to host the world’s high diving stars in Fort Lauderdale,” said President of USA Diving Lee Michaud in a World Aquatics statement. “I have no doubt the world-class facilities and breathtaking location will provide the perfect environment for the divers to perform at their best.”

The World Aquatics High Diving World Cup, the first international high diving event since the inaugural Abu Dhabi Aquatics Festival 2021, will see men and women compete in the 27m and 20m events respectively. The event is open to all National Federations. Athletes who have not been to a World Aquatics High Diving event or the Reb Bull Cliff Diving World Series before are encouraged to submit videos of their dives for consideration.

“I couldn’t be more excited about today’s announcement. Having a global competition is a perfect lead-in to the upcoming World Aquatics Championships and ensures the most fairway for athletes to qualify for Fukuoka,” said 2013 world high diving champion and current World Aquatics High Diving Chair Orlando Duque in a statement. “Having Fort Lauderdale step up and host this top event is a high recognition for how we are developing this sport and give athletes an ideal opportunity to compete.”

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