On July 14, the FINA World Championship, one of the biggest sporting events of 2023, begins. This tournament has been postponed several times for various reasons, but now there are no prerequisites for its cancellation. “Championship” has collected all the most important information about the tournament.
Where will the World Cup take place?
The World Championship will be held in the Japanese city of Fukuoka from July 14 to 30. It was originally supposed to take place in 2021, but due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, the International Aquatic Sports Federation moved the tournament to 2022. However, in Japan, at the time of confirmation of full availability for the World Cup, there were restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic, so the 2022 World Cup was held in Budapest.
From the third attempt, Fukuoka is ready to host the tournament. In 2001, this city already hosted the World Water Championship, and most of the starts will take place again in the same Estadio del Mar, which was used 22 years ago. In general, the arena was built in 1995 for the Summer Universiade. The Estadio del Mar will host swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo competitions.
Divers will compete at the Fukuoka Prefectural Pool, while open water swimming and high jumps will take place at Momochi Seaside Beach Park.
How many prize games will be played?
Over 17 days, athletes will compete for 75 prize games across six sports. The sport with the most medals is swimming: 42 sets of medals. In diving, 13 sets of medals will be played, in synchronized swimming – 11, in open water swimming – 5, in high diving and water polo – 2 sets of medals each.
The competitions are traditionally spaced for the World Water Championships. In the first week medals will be awarded in synchronized swimming, diving and open water swimming, in the second week in swimming, high diving and water polo.
Will Russian athletes participate in the 2023 World Cup?
Russian masters of water sports are not allowed to participate in the Fukuoka World Championships. This became known in April.
“The International Federation has expanded the restrictions imposed last year on the participation of our athletes in its events,” Russian Swimming Federation President Vladimir Salnikov said at the time.
There were no other recommendations.
But Russian athletes, or rather former Russian athletes will still come to Fukuoka. For example, Anastasia Kirpichnikova, who qualified for the 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m freestyle races, was declared for the French national team. Kirpichnikova’s change of sports citizenship caused a lot of controversy, and the athlete herself managed to declare more than once that she was happy and proud to represent a new country.
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Synchronized swimmer Anastasia Bayandina, who left Russia with her sister Daria in 2019, will also play for the French team, and two years later the twins were disqualified for a 2014 doping violation. The suspension period ended on March 18. of 2023.
The Croatian water polo team will feature Konstantin Kharkov, the recent leader of the Russian team. And there are enough such examples.
Which of the global superstars will not perform at the 2023 World Cup?
Several athletes who can be called legendary will not be performing in Fukuoka.
Take seven-time United States Olympic champion Caleb Dressel, for example, who failed to get in shape for the qualifying starts and missed one of many opportunities.
Three-time Olympic breaststroke champion Adam Peaty of Britain will miss the tournament due to mental health issues. Petey said that he intends to focus on preparing for the Paris Olympics.
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And, of course, the Russian stars: the entire synchronized swimming team (all the stars are there), swimming world record holders Kliment Kolesnikov and Evgenia Chikunova, two-time Olympic champion Evgeny Rylov, divers.
But there are many more superstars that will perform in the tournament.
Where to watch the 2023 World Cup?
In Russia, the rights to broadcast the 2023 Water World Cup belong to the Match TV channel, which will broadcast the tournament live.
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