During this week the FINA delegation and its Partners and sponsors are in Budapest to get a closer look on the development and status of the upcoming World Championships, they also have the opportunity to have a chance for personal dialogue on the technological issues the OC could face on the way till July. On the other hand, being in Budapest offers a possibility for them to see all the venues in their constructional or as at the Danube Arena, in their finished state.
The guests, as soon as they entered the building, have reached for their cameras and phones not only to document the Arena for professional reasons. The delegations of the FINA Partners, who has been playing active part at the previous World Championships and definitely will be an industrious part getting ready for this summer’s event as well, have been filled with great satisfaction at the tour of the Danube Arena this Wednesday.
The Danube Arena, which has been opened by the Hungarian Swimming and Diving athletes a day before, will be a core venue during the World Championships for the teams, athletes and fans too. The FINA Partners have been very pleased with the venue which was finished with record time. Which element of the World Championships will guarantee its success this summer? This is the question we raised to some of the FINA Partners.
Umberto Dalla Pozza, the delegate of Arena; the official sport equipment partner summarized his opinion on the venue and the World Championships’ significance:
‘I do not want to use big words but I must say this swimming pool is magnificent and could be the very best aquatics venue in Europe currently. What could be the key to the success? The strong commitment from both of the Organising Committee’s and the country’s side, the professionalism that we will guarantee from our side. Moreover, the infrastructure, the location of the World Championships, the view what will unfold before of the eyes of the incoming fans, the capacity of the venues, the lights, the entertainment, the space given for the visitors.
Everything I have seen today and I mean the possibilities of the swimming and diving, is way passed all of my expectations I have arrived here. This complex has the quality of an Olympic venue in my opinion. Arena is an official sponsor of FINA and a technical partner of the Hungarian Swimming Association, the World Championships could be the best opportunity to engage the swimming community from every corner of the globe. We are happy and proud of everything FINA, Hungary and the Organising Committee have already done for the swimming and we are very glad to be part of this event.
From the Midea’s team during this study visit, Jingo Song has mentioned Budapest in his interview:
‘This is my very first time at the Danube Arena but not the first time in Budapest. This city is one of the most colourful centre of Europe with a great share of historical background where the modern architecture is represented itself next to the centuries old traditions. The pool fits into the line, for sure. The Danube Arena is a professional on every level, despite of the fact that in a sports venue everything must be subordinated by its facilities and the pool.
The great attention around the World Championships during the event is deeply important for us as official sponsors, FINA and the Organising Committee will have to seize everything they have in order to reach the largest possible number of people who are interested in the World Cup news and events. But that’s why have have been official partners of FINA in the last 8 years. The World Championships in Budapest can open up new European markets for the FINA Sponsors, like us. This is really important due to the fact that we are not that strong in Europe. We would be happy to have more and more people recognise our name after the World Championships.’
Joshua Linn, delegate of Dentsu, has revealed his opinion on the keys to World Championships’ success:
‘The location is wonderful, amazing races can be organised here for the swimmers and divers. The building is very modern and up-to-date and it is incredible how much work the Organising Committee has put into already. My personal favourite was the Diving tower and the area at the back of the floor, designated place for the athletes to get ready for the competitions; they will have a chance to have some privacy.
I think the volunteers, the fans and the viewers can make this event successful because the Organising Committee will do it’s very best to have an incredible World Championships.
And if he already mentioned the volunteers, we have asked one of the youngsters, what does the World Championships mean to her?
‘It is a grandiose opportunity for both of the sponsors and volunteers to have a peek of the Danube Arena at this tour, to have a taste of the future World Championships. The pool, it is a work of art, the whole venue is amazingly modern and spectacular, the athletes and fans will live though unforgettable memories this summer. It is a great experience to work in an international environment, we have a chance to get to know new people and cultures, this is the main reason I applied to be a volunteer at the World Championships’ said Gréta Baukó who has a part of the volunteers’ team this week with the role of helping out the Organising Committee and being a guide to the FINA Partners.
The delegation of the FINA, who has already had many technical meetings and workshops with the Organising Committee this week, visited later the venue of the Water Polo tournament, the Hajós Alfréd Swimming Pool, which is already under construction and the Battyány Square where the High Diving competitions will be help.