FINA World Masters praised as ’best so far’

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The 17th edition of the FINA World Masters Championships ended on Sunday evening in Budapest. The championships, for adults aged 25 and over, are held biennially, with competition in all five of FINAʼs disciplines: swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming, and synchronized swimming.

At the closing ceremony of the 2017 edition of the FINA World Masters in Budapest, the president of the organizing committee, Miklós Seszták, noted that both FINA President Julio Maglione and Mohamed Diop, a member of the FINA Masters Committee, said they considered the event to have been the "best ever." Seszták expressed deep gratitude to all those that contributed to the success.

In his speech delivered at the ceremony, Diop thanked the government of Hungary, organizers and volunteers for providing the same conditions to participants of the World Masters as to those at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in July. He pointed out that FINA considers the World Masters of outstanding importance, as the mission of FINA is to popularize aquatic sports all over the world among all generations.

Yum Bang, the president of the organizing committee of the 18th FINA World Masters Championships, to be held in 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea, congratulated Hungary for being the "perfect host" for the Masters. Bang added that Gwangju is a sporting city that is built upon democracy, human values and peace, values he promised will be promoted at the 2019 event.

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