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Lima to Host 2024 Artistic Swimming Championships
- Updated: December 6, 2023
Lima, Peru, has been selected as the host city for the esteemed World Aquatics Artistic Swimming Junior Championships, scheduled to take place from August 28 to September 1, 2024. This biennial event is poised to draw over 250 of the world’s premier artistic swimmers, aged 15 to 19 for girls and 15 to 20 for boys, competing for glory across 12 sets of medals at the 18th edition of the championship.
The prestigious Videna Aquatic Centre, renowned for its successful hosting of major events like the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships and the World Aquatics World League Water Polo Intercontinental tournaments in 2022, will provide the stage for this highly anticipated event. This purpose-built aquatics facility made its international debut during the Pan American Games held in Lima in 2019.
Adding to their hosting expertise, Peruvian organizers bring valuable experience from their previous hosting of the World Junior Swimming Championships in 2011 at the Compo de Marte pool. Jusuf Nikola Astavdich Velez, President of the Peruvian Aquatics Sports Federation, expressed delight in Lima’s continued tradition of hosting premier international age-group events.
“As the National Sport President of Artistic Swimming in Peru, I am absolutely thrilled and honored that Lima has been chosen to host the prestigious World Aquatics Artistic Swimming Junior Championships in 2024. This event will showcase our commitment to fostering young talent in aquatic sports and highlight Peru’s capability to organize and deliver a world-class competition that will inspire and leave a lasting impact on our athletes, fans, and the global aquatic community.”
The Artistic Swimming Junior Championships have historically been a stepping stone for future international success on the senior stage. At the 2022 junior world championships in Quebec City, Canada, athletes such as Audrey Lamothe from the host nation, Moe Higa from Japan, Eduard Kim from Kazakhstan, and Kenneth Gaudet from the United States were among the standout performers. They gained invaluable experience on the international stage, carrying their success into the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka 2023.
Lisa Schott, Chair of the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming Technical Committee, emphasized the significance of the experience gained through participation in world junior championship events for emerging artistic swimmers.
“I firmly believe that participation in the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming Junior Championships serves as an invaluable pathway for athletes on their journey toward international success at the highest levels, including the World Aquatics Championships and the Olympics,” said Schott. “This championship not only cultivates talent but also nurtures the passion and dedication essential for athletes to excel on the global stage. It’s a pivotal platform where emerging talents hone their skills, gain invaluable experience, and lay the foundation for a promising future in artistic swimming.”
In conclusion, Lima, Peru, stands poised to host a spectacular edition of the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming Junior Championships, continuing its legacy of organizing top-notch international aquatics events and providing a crucial platform for young talents to showcase their skills on the global stage.
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By- Sahiba Suri