More progression in all disciplines
At its meeting held in Copenhagen the LEN Bureau allocated the 2018 LEN Congress to Budapest (HUN) and next year’s Bureau meetings to Amsterdam (NED) for March and to Valletta (MLT) for October.
The Bureau agreed to set up a Facilities Commission, a High Diving Committee as well as to expand the Athletes Commission, led by former Olympic swimming champion Camelia Potec. The preparations for LEN’s 2018 premium events, the European Water Polo Championships in Barcelona (ESP) and the European Aquatics Championships in Glasgow (GBR) are well under way, all deadlines have been met so far by the organisers.
The meet in Glasgow will be part of a multisport event: the European Championships next August will see the continental showcases of aquatics, gymnastics, cycling, rowing, triathlon and golf staged parallel in Glasgow (as well the athletics Europeans on the same dates in Berlin). This great initiative seems to a tremendous hit and will have a huge impact on the world of sport. “LEN is one of the leading forces in this great project and we are really looking forward to make this event a huge success and build the brand of this multi-sport event in future” President Paolo Barelli said.
The Bureau approved to organise a meeting in January for LEN member federations running successful water polo programmes to overlook the next four years’ calendar including LEN’s brand new competition the Europa Cup. Also, analysing the future of water polo, the possible rule changes all appear on the proposed agenda.
Plans are being formulated to stage European Cups in all disciplines – as of today, beside the newly established water polo Europa Cup, the LEN Open Water Cup is held annually (its dates were approved by the Bureau for 2018, the calendar will be available soon). LEN is eager to create more quality meets in the other aquatic sports to better serve the interests of the Old Continent’s athletes and National Federations.
Further progressive amendments are envisioned for the future editions of various LEN events, including a possible extension of the junior swimming Europeans’ schedule, from five days to six from 2021, and discussions have already started to stage the first High Diving European Championships in 2020.
The Bureau strongly supported the Medical Committee’s proposal to implement a robust anti-doping programme in the upcoming years.
The successful launch of the new Get Europe Swimming Safely programme was one of the highlights in Copenhagen, besides the athletes’ sparkling performances. The Bureau agreed to prepare the next phase of the initiative and start the ‘Learn to swim’ programme in the new year.