SWC 2015: Le Clos: “The most important is that great swimmers are competing in Chartres”

Swimming World Cup

FINA and the Fédération Française de Natation (FFN) today declared open the second leg of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 in Chartres (FRA). A total 36 countries will be competing in 38 finals that will resume on Saturday August 15 in the Odyssée Complex and run through Sunday August 16.

FINA Executive Director Mr. Cornel Marculescu, FFN Secretary General Michel Sauget, NAT Event Organisation (NEO) CEO Dominique Baron and city of Chartres representative Karine Dorange attended the press conference demonstrating the municipality’s commitment and support to the annual circuit of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup.

French swimming stars Camille Lacourt (winner of the men's 50m and 100m Backstroke in Moscow) and Florent Manaudou took questions from the media representatives on-site. Other internationally recognised athletes taking part today were Alia Atkinson (JAM), Missy Franklin (USA) and Chad Le Clos (RSA) overall winner of last year’s Swimming World Cup.  

Happy to be back in France for the second leg, FINA Executive Director Mr. Cornel Marculescu said: “First of all, I can’t start this conference without expressing how great the FINA World Championships in Kazan have been. We have witnessed outstanding organisation in state-of-the-art venues and great conditions for the athletes and the media.

It makes a lot of sense to be back in France for the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup as the country has always been one of the founders of this event and hosted a leg for many years. France has amazing swimmers at the moment so it’s quite normal that we give the opportunity to French people to see their athletes perform in live at home.

I would like to express my gratitude and sincere thank you to the FFN and the city of Chartres for all your efforts so far. The facilities seem to be exceptional so well done! I wish the best of luck to all the athletes.” 

Enthusiastic about the last French leg of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015, FFN Secretary General Mr. Michel Sauget declared: “It’s a great pleasure and honour to welcome you all here in Chartres. Thank you very much to the local authorities for making this long-standing tradition happen for the next three years. I look forward to witnessing outstanding performances and I wish good luck to the athletes!”

Still living the FINA World Championships Kazan 2015 momentum, all five athletes present today agreed that the 50m pool will give them an additional opportunity to train for the next milestone, the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio.

from left to right: Chad Le Clos (RSA), Alia Atkinson (JAM), Missy Franklin (USA), Camille Lacourt and Florent Manaudou (FRA)

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The Paris-Chartres leg will conclude the first cluster as the athletes will get some rest before heading to Asia for the second cluster. The FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 third meet will take place in Hong-Kong (HKG) on September 25-26.