FINA learnt with immense sadness about the sudden loss of Niki Stajkovic, member of the FINA High Diving Committee.
Himself a former diver – he was a five-time Olympian (1972-1992), representing Austria -, Mr. Stajkovic was a big enthusiast and promoter of the inclusion of High Diving in the FINA programme. Thanks to his precious contribution and hard work, this spectacular discipline was contested for the first time at the 2013 FINA World Championships, in Barcelona (ESP).
In its condolence letter to his wife Nicole, FINA wrote: “We will remember him as a person who cared in the first place about the safety of the athletes and did all to present them with perfect and safe conditions, so that they could perform at their best in the sport that he loved”.
In this moment of grief, FINA presents its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, and to the entire diving and high diving community.