Lausanne (SUI), October 10, 2014 - The FINA Order has been awarded to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on October 9, 2014 with the occasion of the international conference “Russia – A Sport Power” in Cheboksary (RUS). The highest FINA recognition was presented by the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.

The FINA Order is granted to Head of States or individuals of high dignity, who have achieved remarkable merit in the world of Aquatics. In the case of President Vladimir Putin, FINA recognised his important support in the organisation of major FINA events in Russian soil, thus bringing additional development to the FINA disciplines and providing increased value to Aquatics within the Russian society and worldwide.

“Russia is undoubtedly one of the most important and major powers in world sport. These achievements are only possible thanks to the active support from the Russian authorities to Aquatics. The personal involvement of President Putin in this area greatly contributes to strengthen the fraternity between nations, improve the lifestyle and education of the youth in Russia and promote a healthier society, in a spirit of peace and friendship”, considered the FINA President during the ceremony.

FINA’s major event, the FINA World Championships, in conjunction with the FINA World Masters Championships, will be staged in Kazan, in July/August 2015. Recent milestones also include the organisation of the first FINA High Diving World Cup in Kazan, or the legs of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World and FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Moscow.