Aquatics 07-16-2004 18:09

Aquatics consist of four Olympic disciplines: Swimming, Water polo, Diving, and Synchronised swimming.

Swimming has been on the Olympic Games programme since the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. The impressive representation of Aquatics sports in Olympic events continued with the inclusion of Water polo at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris, and Diving at the 1904 St. Louis Olympic Games. Eighty years later at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, in 1984, Synchronised swimming was added to the official programme,. The disciplines of Synchronised diving and women鈥檚 Water polo were included in the competition programme for the first time at the Sydney Games in 2000.

International aquatic contests are governed by the rules of FINA, the International Swimming Federation. This is the highest authority for the sport, founded in 1908, which now includes 181 National Federations.

ATHENS 2004 Aquatics

For the first time in Olympic Games history, all Aquatics events will take place in a single venue, the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA). The Aquatics programme spans all 16 days of the Games (14 to 29 August 2004). Swimming starts off the Aquatics programme, followed by Diving, Water polo and Synchronised swimming. The existing Aquatics facilities are being redesigned and adjusted in order to meet Games-time requirements. The alterations consist of enlarging venue seating capacities; building a new synchronised swimming pool; redesigning and adding springboards and platforms in the diving pool.

Source:The official website of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games


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