Canada will host its first FINA Swimming World Cup event in more than 20 years as international swimming returns to the Toronto Pan Am Sports Center in October.
Toronto will be the second of a three-stop tour this fall as the short course swimming series hits TPASC, which has hosted major events such as the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and two Olympic swimming trials. The fall cluster kicks off in Berlin from October 21-23 before heading to Toronto October 28-30 and end in Indianapolis Nov. 3-5.
“I think of the World Cups as a really cool, fast-paced competition, with the best swimmers in the world competing against each other. It’s really, really cool to be in Toronto. I was at the Pan Am Games in 2015 here and every time a Canadian walked on the blocks it got incredibly loud. I’m very excited for it, it’s such a fun atmosphere,” the two-time Olympian said. Youri Kisilwho last competed at the World Cups in 2014.
“After the challenges of the past two years, bringing some of the best swimmers in the world to Canada will undoubtedly be a fantastic opportunity for our community and for new fans to experience the excitement of world-class racing as well,” added the CEO. from Swimming Canada Ahmed El-Awadi.
“We would like to thank our partners at FINA for this chance for Canadians to see high performance swimming in person. We look forward to working with FINA and the other World Cup hosts as the Canadians compete against the best swimmers from around the world in an exciting short course format.
The World Cup will be one of two FINA swimming events in Canada this year. The Traversée internationale du Lac-Mégantic will host the third leg of the 2022 FINA Marathon Swimming World Series in open water, from August 26 to 28.
“The FINA World Cups are an incredible event. I love competing against international competitions and having it hosted in Toronto, our local pool, is an amazing opportunity for us to showcase our abilities in front of a local crowd,” said Javier Acevedoa two-time Olympian and 2015 World Cup contender who grew up about five minutes from the TPASC pool in Scarborough.
“It means the world has organized this event here. Canada loves swimming and everyone in Canada knows how good we are. To have international competitions racing against us here and Canadians can watch this here in Toronto will be an incredible opportunity.
The 2022 edition of the FINA Swimming World Cup is part of the international calendar of swimming competitions after the 19and FINA World Championships from June 18 to July 3 in Budapest. The three rounds of the series will qualify for the 16and FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) scheduled for December.
In addition to the 13and FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), held in Windsor, Ontario, in 2016, other major FINA pool events Canada has hosted in recent years include the 11and FINA World Championships (Montreal, 2005) and FINA Swimming World Cup (Edmonton, 2001)
“We are delighted to once again be hosting an international event. Hosting the first FINA pool event in Canada since the 2016 World Swimming Championships, in the pool that hosted the Pan American Games, is a perfect way to showcase swimming in Canada,” said Swimming President Canada Mary C.Lyne. “The excitement and reach this will bring to the swimming community is a huge boost as we continue to build enthusiasm for our sport.”
More than 750 athletes from 40 countries are expected to compete for an overall prize pool of US$144,000.
“The FINA Swimming World Cup series has always been a great opportunity for fast races,” said Swimming Canada’s High Performance Director and National Coach. John Atkinson. “We look forward to seeing our Canadian athletes racing in Toronto in October. We hope to see the best racing the best from around the world, and the event also provides our Canadian athletes with an opportunity to race internationally here in Canada.
“Toronto Pan Am Sports Center is proud to have our facility on the 2022 FINA Swimming World Cup schedule. We would like to thank Swimming Canada for their continued support and confidence in our ability to host competitive swimming world class. As part of the continuing legacy of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, we are thrilled to bring a major international competition to our community,” added Robert SingletonGeneral Manager, Toronto Pan Am Sports Center Inc.
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