LEN to offer more to athletes
At its meeting held in Ostia (ITA), the LEN Bureau approved a further increase of prize money offered to the athletes at the European Short-Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen this December, including European and World Record bonuses. The Bureau also agreed to award a pot of €80,000 to the medal winning teams in LEN’s brand new water polo series, the LEN Europa Cup.
The European Short-Course Swimming Championships are going to be a great hit in Copenhagen this December as 25,000 tickets had already been sold, it was revealed at the LEN Bureau Meeting held in Ostia (ITA). LEN President Paolo Barelli was delighted to announce that all swimming powerhouses of the continent would line up at the start and almost all European stars were expected to show up in the brand new Royal Arena, the breath-taking site of LEN’s top event this year (13-17 December).
Since LEN’s financial background has never been as rock solid as today, the Bureau agreed to offer bonuses for swimmers breaking individual records at the short-course Europeans: a new European Record is worth €5,000 while a short-course World Record pays €10,000. The top twelve swimmers in both genders will also receive prize-money: based on the FINA points, the swimmer clocking the best result of the meet will cash in €20,000, the total pot on offer is €220,000.
“Besides the athletes, LEN is going on supporting the National Federations through travel and accommodation contributions” LEN President Paolo Barelli added. “We are committed to further develop aquatics in our continent. Good governance and transparency, these are the two key words in LEN, and our results show that European Aquatics is on the right track. The main target is to ensure that our athletes and National Federations could give their best efforts in and out of competitions all year long.”
The Bureau approved the playing format and the budget of LEN’s brand new water polo event for national teams, the Europa Cup. The event attracted huge interest as altogether 25 teams signed up, including all medal winners of recent years’ major tournaments. The series will consist of two phases next year, all participating federations will enjoy travel contribution while those making the podium will receive prize money. Winners of the men and women finals get €20,000 respectively, the total pot is €80,000.
The LEN Bureau has established a High Diving working group to evaluate the possible inclusion of the discipline to the future editions of the European Championships and the launch of a European series in this thrilling sport in the near future.