The Fédération Internationale De Natation (FINA) has announced an agreement with the Egyptian Swimming Federation that will see Egypt host a series of international aquatics events at the pyramids of Giza.
The deal was signed between FINA President, Captain Husain Al-Musallam, Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr Ashraf Sobhy, and President of the Egyptian Swimming Federation, Yasser Idris, Egypt.
“Today is another incredibly exciting milestone for FINA. We are delighted to have signed this agreement that will see world-class athletes compete at the incredible site of the ancient Pyramids of Giza,” commented Al-Musallam.
“This historic location will see breathtaking images and video footage shared on social media sites and beamed to TV screens around the world.”
The events include the following; FINA High Diving World Cup – 2023-2024, FINA Diving Grand Prix – 2023-2026 and the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2023.
The FINA High Diving World Cup involves high divers competing in two events on the programme; the men’s 27m competition and the women’s 20m competition. Meanwhile, the FINA Diving Grand Prix involves the 3m springboard and 10m platform, in both individual and synchronised events.
Moreover, the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series will see artistic swimmers compete in solos, duets, mixed duets, teams, free combination and the highlight routine.
Idris added: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to share the best of Egypt’s heritage with world class aquatics athletes from 2023. We hope that Egypt’s wonders of the ancient world will inspire athletes to some of their greatest ever performances and encourage more young people to become the aquatics stars of their generation.”
Last month, the organisation built upon its growth in extending its partnership with Myrtha Pools which will now continue as one of the organisation’s official partners until 2025.
The collaboration sees the company supply competition pools for the FINA World Championships and FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).