PR 96 - FINA in Mourning


Lausanne (SUI), December 6, 2013 – FINA learnt with great sadness about the loss of Nelson Mandela, one of the most charismatic leaders of the 20th century, and a true hero for his nation, South Africa. To honour his memory, the FINA flag is at half-mast at its headquarters in Lausanne. 

During his life, he paid a hard price for his commitment towards equality, justice and human rights. His example, his courage and his vision remain a strong legacy for the entire world. 

"The world has lost a great human being, and an inspiration to all of us. His successful fight against apartheid in South Africa is a major contribution to the improvement of human rights worldwide. Mandela also loved Sport. He strongly believed in its capacity to unite the five continents, in its commitment to bring peace and in its added value for the youth", considered FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.

In this moment of worldwide mourning, FINA sends its heartfelt condolences to the entire South African nation, namely its Aquatic community.

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