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FINA chief Maglione praises Russia as venue for international competitions

March 31, 2017, 17:31 UTC+3 KAZAN

According to the FINA chief, the Russian city of Kazan hosted in 2015 the best ever world swimming championship in FINA’s history

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KAZAN, March 31. /TASS/. With Russia’s accommodating infrastructure, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) will continue holding its competitions in the country despite the cautious approach recently displayed by some international sports bodies, FINA President Julio Maglione said on Friday.

Maglione was attending on Friday the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, which kicked off in the Russian city on the Volga River on March 31.

Addressing a news conference on Friday, Maglione said that the Russian city of Kazan hosted in 2015 the best ever world aquatics championship in FINA’s history, adding that he was glad to be back here today for the start of another FINA event.

He also said that the global swimming organization keeps holding international competitions in other Russian cities as well under the FINA auspices.

The 2015 FINA World Championships took place in Kazan between July 24 and August 9 bringing together some 2,400 athletes from more than 190 countries.

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