Before the World Cup starts

On May 21 the inspection team of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) and the Russian Water Polo Federation visited Surgut. The purpose of the visit was checking the readiness of the new 50-meter pool of the “Olymp” sports complex for the Women’s World Water Polo Cup 2018 which to be held in the largest city of Ugra from 4 to 9 September.

A sports complex with an Olympic standard pool was opened in Surgut last year in December. Now it conducts swimming, canoe slalom and synchronized swimming classes, as well as provides health services. The new sports complex is equipped with the latest technologies. In addition to two bowls of 25 and 50 meters, the complex includes a spacious sports hall with various training devices, a sauna and a medical office. There are also special elevators and tables for disabled groups.

Competitions of such a high level will be held in this facility for the first time. Despite the fact that the complex was built in accordance with all the highest standards there were still some shortcomings to deal with. The Organizing Committee undertook to bring everything in line with the requirements of FINA by mid-August. A test game will be conducted at that time. It will allow to check the work of all services and equipment – judges, timing, electronic scoreboards, etc.

Some new rules of water polo also will be tested in Surgut. They are planned to be introduced before the Olympic Games 2020.

At the moment there is a tribune for 450 seats. Additional one will be set up for the period of the tournament. It will add 250 extra seats.

During the stay members of the inspection visited hotels, where the participating teams and tournament officials will be accomodated, as well as another city pool, where athletes will train from September 2.

“In our final report we’ll note the absolute availability of all facilities involved in the tournament”, – said FINA Water Polo Technical Committee member, international category judge Alan Balkanbaev. – Hotels and sports facilities are located in 15 minutes drive from each other. To make their stay as comfortable as possible there will be information stands installed at each facility. Volunteers will work nearby, ready to answer any questions from participants and guests of the competition”.

It is to be reminded that the tournament in Surgut will bring together the strongest teams from 8 countries. Games will be held during six competitive days.