April Update – Aquatics

By Su

FINA partners with Thanyapura Phuket for 2016 Rio Olympics athlete development program “Targeting Rio 2016”

The agreement will send deserving Asian athletes to train at Asia’s leading sports destination to help them qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) has announced its world-wide scholarship program “Targeting Rio 2016” to assist national federations in order to help identify, qualify, and prepare athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan.

As part of their efforts to develop aquatics in Southeast Asia, the world governing body for the sport offers financial and technical assistance for potential elite athletes selected and proposed by their respective national federations to train at Thanyapura Phuket, the official training center for the region.

There are 19 FINA-member national federations in Southeast Asia: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia, China Taipei, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, India, Maldives, and Macau. Each national federation can nominate a maximum of two athletes (both genders represented).

Selection for scholarship is focused on athletes and national federations with the greatest need, especially for those with difficulty accessing high-performance structures and environments.

Scholars will be provided room, full board, and full access to the training facilities at Thanyapura. Resident FINA-approved specialist swimming coaches will oversee their training and competition schedule for one year beginning May 2015 to May 2016.

Thanyapura’s aquatics academy is overseen by head coach Miguel Lopez Alvarado, who has brought his 20 years of experience coaching at the elite level to both the master’s and youth development programs.

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