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World Cup 2009: Romania to compete in the swimming, diving and water polo events

The 2009 edition of the Swimming World Cup in Rome, scheduled from July 17 to August 2, will bring together a record number of participants – over 2,550 participants from 185 countries, including the Romanian delegation. The latter will take part in the swimming, diving and water polo events.


Romania’s delegation consists of Corina Popovici, Constantin Popovici and Mara Aiacoboae (diving), head coach Florin Avasiloae; Camelia Potec, Ionela Cozma, Razvan Florea, Norbert Trandafir, Vlad Caciuc, Dragos Agache and Felix Maestru (swimming), head coaches Filip Lucas and Gina Handrea.


The Romanian athletes’ goal is to win one medal, with Camelia Potec being thought to have the highest chances to win it. The diving events are scheduled from July 17 to July 25, while the swimming events are scheduled from July 26 to August 2. The members of the diving team have left for Rome on Wednesday, while those of the swimming team will arrive there on July 24.


During the 2007 World Cup in Melbourne Romania failed to win any medal in the swimming and diving competitions. In the water polo competition the Romanian team will be part of Group D and will play against Macedonia (July 20), Italy (July 22) and the US (July 24). The team, coached by Istvan Kovacs and Ladislau Balanov, has the goal of being part of the world’s top 8 teams. Our team, which is set to leave on Saturday, consists of the following players: Mihai Dragusin, Dragos Stoenescu – goalkeepers; Eduard Andrei, Andrei Iosep, Cosmin Radu, Andrei Busila, Tiberiu Negrean, Ramiro Georgescu, Gheorghe Dunca, Kadar Kalman, Nicolae Diaconu, Alexandru Matei and Alexandru Ghiban. The teams that top the 4 groups will qualify directly for the quarterfinals, while the teams that finish second and third will play for the last 4 places in the quarterfinals.


The Swimming World Cup in Rome (July 17 – August 2) will bring together over 2,550 athletes from 185 countries, a new record according to the International Swimming Federation (FINA).


According to the data given by the organizers, 1,470 athletes from 164 countries will compete in the swimming events, 200 athletes from 43 countries will compete in the diving events, 416 athletes from 21 countries will compete in the water polo competition, 269 athletes from 41 countries will compete in the synchronous swimming events and 152 athletes from 39 countries will compete in the open water swimming competition.

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