Dear Olympic friends,
We are at the start of a great Olympic Year 2018.
When the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 begin in just a few weeks, it will be the first time that the magic of Olympic sport on snow and ice will come to the Republic of Korea. They will showcase a modern Korea and connect its passion to the world. Thanks to the excellent work of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee, the stage is set for the best winter sport athletes of the world to amaze us all with their sporting performances.
At the same time, we know about the political tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The IOC has addressed them already since 2015. This happened through close contact with the leaders of governments and NOCs concerned. In all these discussions, the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 were never put in doubt. On the contrary, we feel support for our position that the Olympic Games must always be beyond all political division. The Olympic Games are about dialogue. They are a symbol of hope and peace. In our troubled times, they are the only event that bring the whole world together in peaceful competition. To ensure this for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, we keep monitoring the situation very closely.
Do it this way. South African coach Brad Rowe shows swimmers basics of the egg beater drill during the 13th December 2017 practical session at Green Hill
By Makhtum Muziransa
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The FINA World Aquatics Gala "Soiree des Etoiles," the fourth edition of its kind, is set to celebrate the best athletes and coaches of 2017 in Sanya, South China's Hainan Province, on Saturday December 2.
In addition to the biggest FINA Stars, several of the most outstanding Chinese athletes in aquatic sports will gather at the Gala, such as Olympic and World champion Sun Yang, Olympic medallist Fu Yuanhui, synchronised swimmers sisters Jiang Wenwen/Jiang Tingting, and former Olympic and World champions including Tian Liang, Xiong Ni, Guo Jingjing and Gao Ming, and many others.
The Gala will award 13 male and female athletes as well as celebrate 14 coaches who have played a crucial role in their athletes’ success in 2017.
Two Masters athletes will also be distinguished for their outstanding commitment.
Finally, the FINA Media Award of 2017 will be attributed.
Winners biographies and interviews will be available on FINA website (homepage) as soon as they are announced.
The FINA World Aquatics Gala was first held in Doha (QAT), before the start of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). The following edition was organised in Budapest (HUN) on January 31, 2016 and the 2016 awardees were known in Windsor (CAN) on December 4, 2016, a couple of days before the start of the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).