Diving Dreams: Rio to Host 2024 Junior Championships


Brazilian City Rio de Janeiro to Host 2024 World Aquatics Junior Diving Championships

Rio de Janeiro has been unveiled as the host city for the upcoming World Aquatics Junior Diving Championships scheduled to take place from November 24 to December 1, 2024. The event is set to attract over 250 talented divers aged between 14 and 18 from more than 40 countries, showcasing their skills in this prestigious competition.

The participating divers will be categorized into two age groups, with athletes aged 16-18 competing in Group A, while athletes aged 14-15 will participate in Group B. The competition will feature both boys’ and girls’ individual platform events at 5m, 7.5m, and 10m, as well as springboard events at 1m and 3m. Additionally, divers from both age groups will come together for synchronized diving springboard (3m) and platform (5m, 7.5m, 10m) events, along with the Mixed Team Event.

The Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, known for hosting the diving competitions during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, will serve as the venue for the championships. Situated within Rio de Janeiro’s Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, this aquatic center is part of a larger Olympic multi-sports complex, which was a central focus of the 2016 Games, featuring nine sporting venues.

Ingrid Oliveira, an athlete who trained at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre and participated in the World Junior Diving Championships, expressed her appreciation for the competition’s impact on her career. Looking forward to watching the next generation of divers at this iconic venue, she believes the experience will be invaluable for all competitors.

The World Junior Diving Championships hold particular significance for Rio de Janeiro, marking the 24th World Aquatics event in Brazil and the 14th hosted in the city. This event represents Brazil’s return to hosting international aquatics competitions since the Rio 2016 Games.

Ricardo Moreira, the President of the Brazilian Diving Federation, expressed excitement about Rio de Janeiro hosting its first World Aquatics event since 2016. Reflecting on the positive influence of past events in the city, including the Diving World Cup and the Olympic Games Artistic Swimming Qualification Tournament, Moreira highlighted the role these competitions played in helping athletes realize their dreams of competing in the Olympics.

As Rio de Janeiro prepares to welcome the world’s best junior divers, the World Aquatics Junior Diving Championships promise to be a memorable and highly competitive showcase of young talent on the international stage. The championships are expected to contribute to the city’s rich history of hosting aquatics events and continue inspiring the next generation of aquatic athletes.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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