Swimming: FINA funds training for SEA’s Rio hopefuls at Thanyapura
- Updated: April 9, 2015
April 9, 2015: FINA has announced a new ‘Scholarships for Swimmers – Targeting Rio 2016’ initiative aimed at providing support to Southeast Asia’s national federations as they bid to produce competitors at next year’s Olympics.
The new scholarship is a partnership between FINA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Solidarity and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
Nineteen federations will each select two potential elite athletes to obtain financial and technical assistance from the programme, in order to help them improve their preparation and ultimately qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
The 38 swimmers will embark on a 12-month programme in Thailand starting on May 1. The scholarship holders will train under experienced international coaches at the FINA-accredited Thanyapura sports complex in northern Phuket.
The programme’s main goal is to identify, qualify and prepare the athletes by providing them with a top-level training environment and structure while preparing for major competitions ahead of the Olympics.
Dr. Julio C. Maglione, President of FINA, said: “It is very important for FINA and for the Olympic movement to raise the quality of our athletes participating in the Games. This programme is a concrete example of this effort and I am sure that it will tremendously held in the development of aquatics in this part of the world.
“This centre in Thanyapura is one of the most modern training facilities in this part of the world and we are thrilled to be working with the Thai authorities on this beautiful initiative.”
Thanyapura is a 23-hectare sports, health and educational complex featuring advanced sports facilities and coaching, two resort hotels, an award-winning organic restaurant, a mind training centre, specialised medical centre and an international school.
Thanyapura’s facilities include an aquatic complex with a 50m Olympic-standard pool (3m deep), a 25m lap pool and a teaching pool with video analysis window.
Source: FINA (www.fina.org); Editing by SportAsia