LEN First Vice-President leads landmark visit to North Macedonia

LEN First Vice-President Josip Varvodić and LEN Bureau member Milos Mracevic led a visit to North Macedonia to meet with key stakeholders from the region and discuss development opportunities around aquatic sports.

The country gained independence in 1991, with athletes competing as part of the IOC’s ‘Independent Olympic Participants’ team at Barcelona 1992, before officially representing North Macedonia from Atlanta 1996.

The nation has been an ever-present in swimming competitions at each Games since and the Federation is keen to further develop strength in this discipline as well as other aquatic sport.

North Macedonia is perhaps best-known in aquatics terms for the iconic marathon swimming event it stages at Lake Ohrid, which last hosted a Fina World Series event in 2021.

“The visit was really important because this is the first official visit of a high delegation from aquatics to the federation since it was founded,” Varvodić told LEN.

“The idea was to take to them about how LEN and FINA can work with them to promote aquatics in the country by establishing better communication with their government. 

“We also wished to emphasise how we can help support the country’s marathon swimming event which has important historical, cultural heritage and is also one of the most famous events in Grand Prix marathon races around the world.”

Varvodić and Mracevic met with newly elected President of Swimming Federation of North Macedonia, Goran Stojanovski and General Secretary, Vasil Velkov.

Additionally, the delegation held its first official visit with President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski and President of Olympic Committee of North Macedonia, Daniel Dimevski in what was a landmark meeting for the Swimming Federation of North Macedonia.

“The idea was to talk with the President of the federation, President of the Olympic Committee and President of the country as the biggest supporters, about how we can more strongly support the federation,” continued Varvodić. 

“The new president was elected a few months ago and we wish to establish a better connection with the federation.”