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2019 News

Paolo Barelli meets Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov

LEN President Paolo Barelli spent this weekend in Kazan (RUS), the capital of Tatarstan, past and future site of various major aquatic championships. He met the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and welcomed the state’s and the city’s intention to present bids for the 2021 European Short-Course Swimming Championships and the 2024 European Aquatics Championships.

Kazan has become a highly appreciated host in the world of aquatics in recent years as the capital of Tatarstan staged a series of outstanding events including the 2015 World Championships and this year’s European Junior Swimming and Diving Championships.

As it has been revealed during a meeting between LEN President Paolo Barelli and the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, the city is set to play an even more outstanding role in the years coming. After staging highly successful junior events this summer, Kazan is aiming for the top LEN meets, Mr Minnikhanov announced after the talks where the Sport Minister of the local government Vladimir Leonov, General Director of the Sport Directorate Azat Kadirov and his deputy Ranko Tepavcevic and LEN Operational Manager Marco Birri were also present. Kazan targets to host the 2021 edition of the European Short-Course Swimming Championships and wishes to stage the 2024 European Aquatics Championships.

“We see a city in love with sports and aquatics, we see a committed leadership, we see fantastic venues and an exceptionally experienced organising team – so everything is together to witness more great events in Kazan” Paolo Barelli said. “We cannot wait to take a closer look at the bids of our Tatarstan friends but based on our talks with President Minnikhanov I’m sure they will present something special for these two editions of our treasured championships.”

In case their bids are successful, Kazan shall become a true capital of aquatics as these two outstanding championships would set up a unique series of majors since the 2022 World Swimming Championships (25m) and the 2025 World Championships have already been awarded to the capital of Tatarstan. LEN is to allocate the 2021 and 2023 short-course Europeans and the 2022 and 2024 European Aquatics Championships in the near future. The 2019 European Short-Course Swimming Championships will visit Glasgow (GBR) this December, the 2020 European Championships in all disciplines will take place in Budapest (HUN) while the 2022 European Water Polo Championships have been awarded to Split (CRO).