Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort and FINA are continuing their cooperation in awarding scholarships to aspiring Olympians in training for the 17th FINA World Championships Budapest in 2017 and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
This year, FINA has awarded the scholarship to 36 young athletes.
The programme is currently hosting four athletes:
- Cherantha da Silva, Sri Lanka
- Mohammad Mahfizur Rahman, Bangladesh
- Sajan Prakash, India
- Ayman Klzie, Syria
The complex expects additional swimmers to arrive throughout the year.
The FINA Scholarship Programme was launched in 2014. It offers financial and technical assistance to elite athletes selected by their National Federation. In 2015, FINA expanded the programme to Thailand with Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort welcoming the first athletes in Phuket during the “Targeting Rio 2016” initiative, which coached eight swimmers for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
Sajan Prakash from India qualified with OST/B (Olympic Standard Time) for the 200m butterfly.
Each nation will send their athletes to live and train at the high-level sporting complex including the world-class fitness facilities.
The scholarship programme is conducted by Miguel Angel Lopez Alvarado, Thanyapura’s Head Coach of Swimming, who propelled his students to record breaking success during his two-decade long career.
“We are committed to building the next generation of Olympians. Our partnership with FINA continues to solidify our standing as one of the top Aquatics training destinations in the world,” said Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, President and CEO of Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort.
“Now in its fourth year, FINA granted over 50 scholarships from 2014 – 2017 and helped athletes in considerably improving their leve in swimming. We are developing the sport throughout the globe while hoping to lead young athletes to build their legacies their respective countries,” said Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA President.
The complex’s aquatics facilities include the 50m Olympic competition pool, the 25m training pool, Omega Track start blocks, a Daktronics timing system and scoreboard, ozone filtration and sports science services.