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2021 Len Congress LEN Events News Press Releases

LEN Congress 2021, Budapest (HUN) – Summary

LEN offers more support to the national federations

At its annual congress, the delegates of the LEN member federations approved the activity report presented by the LEN President, as well as the financial report.

Paolo Barelli announced that the Bureau had approved to allocate a further 1.2 million euros to the national federations and that extends the total amount of support to 9 million, offered during the past seven years.

Budapest welcomed back the LEN Congress after 2018 and just four months after the European Aquatics Championships, also held in the Hungarian capital. In her welcome speech on behalf of the hosts, LEN Vice-President Dr Tunde Szabo recalled the great success of the continental showcase in May, highlighting Hungary’s strong intentions to stage major international competitions in order to promote sport activities and prompt more children to embrace aquatics.

In its remarks added to the annual activity report, President Paolo Barelli underlined LEN’s efforts to hold as many events as possible even during the waves of the pandemic. “Europe was the first among the continents to restart its sport activities and we were the only ones who organised all scheduled events, including our big championships and all our age-group events” the President said. “This is what LEN’s standing for: to support the federations and the athletes by organising as many events as possible and to offer them as much contribution as possible.”

The LEN President announced that the Bureau agreed to offer further 1.2 million euros for the national federations to boost their post-Covid financial recovery and their participation at the European Short- Course Swimming Championships in Kazan this November.

“We are to continue this approach, to redistribute the larger part of LEN’s incomes as we are convinced that this is a basic principle of good governance” he added. This was also mirrored in the financial report, presented by LEN Treasurer Fernando Carpena – and both were approved by the delegates, just as the auditors’ reports.

The respective organisers of LEN’s two major 2022 events held colourful presentations, Rome is ready to stage the European Aquatics Championships on 11-21 August, followed by the European Water Polo Championships in Split on 30 August-11 September.

LEN’s new partner Fluidra also offered some eye-catching insights on their revolutionary new techniques developed to support aquatics in the business of temporary pools.