State-of-the-art training centre in Phuket welcomes first FINA scholarship athletes

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As part of the recent partnership agreement between FINA and the brand new state-of-the-art Thanyapura training centre located in Phuket in Thailand, Southeast Asia, 21 aspiring Olympians have started their “road to Rio 2016 Olympic Games”. 

FINA officially launched the new partnership with the sports complex Thanyapura this week at a press conference in Phuket attended by the Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and FINA Honorary Treasurer, Mr. Pipat Paniangvait.

FINA and the Thanyapura centre have awarded 21 scholarships for swimmers from 11 countries. They will train and live at Thanyapura, while preparing for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

FINA Honorary Treasurer, Mr. Pipat Paniangvait, said: “This initiative – “Targeting Rio 2016” – is part of a wider development strategy from FINA aimed at raising the level of Aquatics worldwide, providing specific programmes for athletes and officials in the five continents. In 2014, the scholarships for swimmers were created and centres are already active in the U.S., Portugal and now in Thailand.

“Thanyapura is ready to receive and host some of the most promising swimmers of this region of the world and provide them with optimal conditions for training and preparation."

Young swimmers training at the sports complex. Photo © Thanyapura centre

The scholarship applicants were selected from the following countries: Thailand, Nepal, Maldives, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Timor Leste and Rwanda.

A male and a female swimmer from each nation will train at Thanyapura Phuket under the guidance of Thanyapura Head Swimming Coach Miguel Lopez, while using the facilities that attract some of the best swimmers from around the globe.

Thanyapura’s swimming facilities include a 50m Olympic competition pool, a 25m training and teaching pool, Omega Track start blocks, a Daktronics timing system and scoreboard, an underwater video analysis window, ozone filtration and sports science services.

From left: Mr. Nisit Jansomwong, Phuket Governor,

Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand,

Mr. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, Thanyapura President and CEO,

Mr. Pipat Paniangvait,, FINA Honorary Treasure

Photo © Thanyapura centre