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China has retained its place as the leading global sports nation for 2013, according to the second annual edition of the Sportcal report that analyses the success of nations in attracting major sports events.

The Global Sports Impact (GSI) Project is an extensive study by Sportcal, the leading sports market research company, which has analysed over 700 major





Lausanne (SUI), May 29, 2013 – FINA was elevated to top-tier Group A (which comprises also Athletics and Gymnastics) in terms of the contribution of each International Federation to the Olympic programme. This a natural consequence of the success and popularity of FINA’s disciplines within the Games – as demonstrated by an independent study carried out by the IOC after the 2012 Olympics in London -, but also to the impact and strength of FINA World Championships and other FINA events around the world.

The decision was announced today by the International Olympic Committee, after a meeting with the Association of Olympic International Federations, at the SportAccord convention taking place in St-Petersburg (RUS).

“We have always considered our Aquatic disciplines a pillar of the Olympics, and this decision confirms this status. Our events are attended by worldwide stars, generate memorable performances and ...





FINAL SCORE: PERFECT

For nearly 22 years, Alex Despatie has been on an important journey – one destined to inspire a nation. He gave us a career that showed us what is possible. And with his retirement comes a new inspiration to follow his example of excellence.

“After much internal reflection, I have decided to turn the page and retire from diving. I look forward to new challenges and I think that the time is right for me to step aside,” said Alexandre. “I would have liked to participate in this year’s world championships in Barcelona, but circumstances are such that I am unable to. After diving for all these years, I am satisfied with my career and happy with my decision. As I look back, I am so proud of everything I have accomplished. I would like to thank all those who have ...





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