By George Aluo
The German city of Berlin would be the cynosure of all eyes when it comes to aquatics sports in the month of October.
World Swimming governing body, FINA in a release disclosed that
the German capital will host the FINA Diving World Cup during the same extended October weekend it holds the FINA Swimming World Cup 2022 series opener.
According to FINA…”it would be another milestone for this year’s global aquatics sports events calendar as FINA and the German Swimming Federation are pleased to announce that Berlin will host the FINA Diving World Cup from 20-23 October. The German capital will be the heartbeat of aquatics sport as the city will also be hosting the FINA Swimming World Cup series opener, with the latter running from 21-23 October.”
“Bringing in Berlin as host for the FINA Diving World Cup is an ideal way to cap this year’s global diving calendar, as well as celebrate the sport with the wider aquatics community,” said FINA President Husain Al-Musallam.
“We’re always looking to enhance the event experience for our athletes, fans and hosts. Bringing together multiple aquatics events helps local organisers optimise resources, fans get more viewing possibilities, and different disciplines of our aquatic community get to come together.”
Germany’s Robust History Hosting Elite Aquatics Events
Germany has a long history hosting of FINA events, including holding 20-straight editions of the FINA Diving Grand Prix (2001-2020) in Rostock.
While this year marks the first time Berlin has hosted a standalone FINA diving event, the capital is no stranger to elite aquatics competition, having held the 3rd FINA World Championships in 1978 and the Olympic Games in 1936, as well as 19 editions of the FINA Swimming World Cup.
New Four Day Competition Programme with Nine Medal Events and a Deep Prize Purse
The Diving World Cup is FINA’s way of celebrating divers and giving them yet another opportunity to compete on the global stage, gaining excellent media exposure for athletes and the sport with significant prize money on the line.
The total prize purse for the Berlin event is USD $159,000, paid to the top-six places in the individual events and top-three places in the synchro and team events.
Innovation and a willingness to test new event formats and concepts will be a feature of the Berlin event. Compared to previous FINA events, the competition format for Berlin has been reworked to create a shorter event, but one that allows more athletes the opportunity to compete.
Berlin will feature four individual events (Men 3m Springboard and 10m Platform; Women 3m Springboard and 10m Platform), four synchronised events (Men Synchro 3m and 10m; Women Synchro 3m and 10m), and the Team event.