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FINA World Masters Championships Gwangju 2019 Opens

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FINA World Masters Championships Gwangju 2019 Opens


The biennial international water sports festival for mature swimming enthusiasts kicked off its 14-day run in Gwangju today.

Yeongju Ahn has more.


The 18th FINA World Masters Championships Gwangju, a competition for international swimming enthusiasts, kicked off on August 5th. The official opening ceremony will be held on August 11th at 7:30 p.m. under the theme of "Flying Water" at Nambu University's The Garden of Friendship.


Lee Yong-Sup, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the event, said on August 4th that he will make every effort to ensure the competition is a safe and successful one after finishing checking stadiums and auxiliary facilities, including the main stadium.


The Masters competition is an international swimming competition held by age group starting from 25 years, for amateur swimmers wanting to enjoy aquatics, and was first held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1986.


It was held biennially apart from the national team championships, but from the 16th FINA Worlds held in Kazan, Russia in 2015, it was held in conjunction with the FINA World Aquatics Championships.


The 18th FINA World Masters Championships Gwangju will be held in 59 detailed areas in five sports, with 5,672 athletes from 84 countries participating. 1,034 athletes from 110 clubs will represent South Korea.


There will be competitions in Swimming, Water polo, Openwater swimming, Artistic swimming and diving events. All events are free to watch.

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