There is still plenty to do for the Organising Committee of the 17th FINA World Masters Championships as well as those working on the FINA GMS system since attendance at the World Masters Championships hosted by Budapest and Balatonfüred between 7 and 20 August will be extremely high. No doubt, this is a „sweet burden” to bear, the Organising Committee is thankful for the increased interest in the event and aims at breaking the World Masters Champs attendance record jointly with athletes.
Although there is still one month to go with the registrations (the deadline is midnight, 29 June), the number of attendants registered for the 17th FINA World Masters Championships has reached and exceeded 10 000 early June.
More than 8 and a half thousand athletes will definitely visit the capital city and Lake Balaton, 5 and a half thousand of them will race in swimming events staged in Duna Arena and Hajós Alfréd National Swimming Stadium. There is increased interest in certain events, more than 1200 entrants have registered for men’s 50m freestyle and the number of registrants for men’s 100m freestyle is more than 1000, while other events will see hundreds of contenders, too.
As reported earlier, registration for the water polo tournament is closed since the headcount limit of 120 teams was reached. Due to the great numbers of registrants the solo synchronised swimming event was closed, as well.
The Organising Committee is anticipating further boost in swimming and open water swimming registration, Lake Balaton, the biggest fresh water lake in Central Europe referred to as the paradise for open water swimming by entrants of elite international tournaments is awaiting anyone keen on undertaking the challenge.
Please note that the GMS system allows for requesting the so called „Accompanying person” category accreditation for 40 USD. Why is it worth applying for such accreditation?
For one thing because admission to venues becomes smoother concerning that the Organising Committee provides dedicated grandstands for accredited persons and for another thing because the following services will be available for accreditation holders during the World Masters Championships:
– public transport service in the city free of charge courtesy of the Centre for Budapest Transport,
– public transport service from Budapest to the open water swimming venue in Balatonfüred (and back) free of charge
The Organising Committee is looking forward to welcoming athletes and their attendants visiting the 17th FINA World Masters Championships between 7 and 20 August.