As part of the agreement between the Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan and the International Swimming Federation (FINA), new FINA Development Centre scholars will soon come to Kazan.
According to FINA's decision, Kazan's international team of athletes will be replenished with 13 swimmers and 7 divers from Georgia, Nigeria, Guatemala, Afghanistan, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Rwanda, Angola, Ghana, Tajikistan, Albania, Colombia, Venezuela, Lithuania and Cuba.
Ado Gargović, a swimmer from Montenegro, will participate in the FINA scholarship programme for the second time: 'I am very happy to be a part of the FINA Development Centre in Kazan again, I look forward to meeting our team, swimmers and coaches. I eagerly anticipate fruitful trainings and competitions, I will learn a lot of new things and have a great time in Kazan.'
It is planned that the athletes will train during the year under the guidance of FINA Development Centre coaches.
The goal of the Centre is to unlock the potential of athletes, and create optimum conditions for full training so that they may improve their athletic skills and results for participation in major international competitions, including the Olympic Games.
Today, swimmers Arina Baikova (Latvia), Bisma Khan (Pakistan), Davor Petrovski (North Macedonia) and diver Frandiel Gomez Vargas (Dominican Republic) are training at the Centre.
International athletes approved by the FINA for the Scholarship Programme:
Abeku Gyekye Jackson (Ghana)
Ado Gargović (Montenegro)
Collins Obi Ebingha (Nigeria)
Eloi Maniraguha (Rwanda)
Eva Baramacheva (North Macedonia)
Fahim Anwari (Afghanistan)
Franci Aleksi (Albania)
Habibat Abiola Moyosore Ogunbanwo (Nigeria)
Isihaka Irankunda (Rwanda)
Lorena de los Angeles Gonzalez Mendoza Cuba
Luis Emigdio Vega Torres (Cuba)
Saddam Ramziyorzoda (Tajikistan)
Salvador Vieira Gordo (Angola)
Alejandro Solarte Osorio (Colombia)
Anderson Ismael Cruz Santos (Guatemala)
Carlos Daniel Ramos Rodríguez (Cuba)
Irakli Sakandelidze (Georgia)
Jesus Eduardo Gonzalez Reyes (Venezuela)
Oscar Eduardo Ariza Briceno (Venezuela)
Sebastian Konecki (Lithuania)