The LEN Elective Congress is the first highlight of the European Aquatics Championships in London: on the eve of the year’s greatest continental aquatic event, member federations will elect the LEN Officials for the following four years as well as the new Bureau.
Though Europe’s best divers and synchro swimmers will begin their quest for the medals on Monday in the venue of the 2012 Olympics, the London Aquatics Centre, Sunday will already witness a highly important LEN Event, the Elective Congress. There, besides the usual reports on 2015 being presented, the LEN Officials and Bureau Members will be elected for the next four years.
LEN can look back to a highly successful cycle. During the past four years the value of its main events rocketed to another level in all fields, including cumulative TV audience, media exposure, marketing value and spectator attendance. Having the European Championships in Europe’s iconic capitals – Berlin in 2014, London in 2016 –, and the water polo continental showcases in the sports’ two ‘headquarters’, Budapest and Belgrade, brought an unprecedented boost for European Aquatics. Growing popularity and professional hosting of the other LEN Events also contributed a lot to the current success story.
The development is also mirrored by the LEN finances which have never been so sound. That enabled LEN to offer prize money for the athletes at its main events for the first time in its history, and also travel assistance for the member federations, amounting 1.1 million Euros in this year.
The LEN Congress will take place at the East Wintergarden (43, Bank Street), Canary Wharf on Sunday, while the European Aquatics Championships kick off on Monday, 9 May, with action in diving and synchronised swimming in the London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Swimming competitions are held on 16-22 May, followed by the Masters Europeans on 25-29 May