Olga Kamardina, FINA correspondent in Russia

Taking the relay button from Beijing, Fiji and Montreal, the hospitable Russian city is setting a diving stage for some 50 world’s exquisite divers, representing 12 nations

A press-conference dedicated to the start of the event took place on May, 4, 2018, at the Aquatics Palace of Kazan, and questions from media were answered by the senior FINA and LOC officials, and title sponsor representative, China National sports Group Vice-President Mr.Wei Weige also enjoyed his share of being presented.

“Kazan is already a well-known spot on the world diving map, - said FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione. – The city has staged the FINA Diving World Series three times before, and has been a great host for the 2015 FINA World Championships and World Summer Universiade 2013. And every time we conduct an event here, we know, that everything will be flawless and well-organised. It is simply a pleasure to come back and see our good friends and true diving fans”.

“Kazan is ready to host the tournament, - went on FINA Executive Director and General Secretary Cornel Marculescu. – It is very important for us. Everything is very convenient and comfortable for the athletes. All the divers are in a good mood before the start of the tournament. I have seen many competitions of different levels throughout my career, and here we all appreciate the excellent preparation and high professionalism of the local Organising Committee.

“We will be happy to see here more than 50 elite divers, representing 12 countries. Every name is either a star or a legend here, and what is very pleasant, is that local fans and spectators know and love them a lot, - said Alexey Vlasenko, FINA Technical Diving Committee Vice-Chairman and Russian Diving Federation President. – Aquatics Palace, the host of the competition, is very very welcoming, and maybe this is why we are pretty determined to come back here every time”.

“We are very grateful for FINA Family for the opportunity to stage such top level events, - returned back the compliment Vladimir Leonov, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan. – We are very proud of the fact, we have been hosting the FINA Diving World Series for the fourth time. Diving is a fantastic sport, which we all know and love, - concluded the official, smiling.

As usual, there are 10 medals sets on offer to be distributed in the individual, synchro and mixed events, both among men and women, in the 10m platform and 3m springboard.

The FINA Diving World Series is a high-profile competition which offers an annual meeting opportunity for the world’s brightest diving stars. This prestigious and exclusive event invites internationally-recognised divers, mostly medallists from previous Olympics, World Championships and World Cups. The event kicked-off in Beijing (CHN) on March 9-11, then stopped in Fuji (JPN) on March 15-17 and in Montreal (CAN) on April 27-29 to come to the finish in Kazan, Russia.

Competition schedule
May, 4
10:00 10m synchro women final
10:40 10m synchro men final
17:30 Opening ceremony
18:00 3m synchro women final
18:45 3m synchro men final

May, 5
10:00 10m women semi-final A
10:30 10m women semi-final B
11:20 3m men semi-final A
11:55 3m men semi-final B
17:30 10m women final
18:30 3m men final
19:20 10m mixed synchro

May, 6
10:00 3m women semi-final A
10:30 3m women semi-final B
11:20 10m men semi-final A
11:55 10m men semi-final B
17:30 3m women final
18:30 10m men final
19:20 3m mixed synchro