Sports Hub to host Fina event

Sports Hub to host Fina event
Singapore hosts Fina Driving Grand Prix in October this year
Singapore diving is aiming for a gold medal at next year's SEA Games. They are also working towards having one representative at the 2016 Olympics, while the Republic will also host for the first time one stop of the eight-legged FINA Diving Grand Prix this October.

SINGAPORE - The competition will take place at the Singapore Sports Hub's OCBC Aquatic Centre from Oct 17-19.

Singapore is the penultimate destination of the eight-city competition, which ends in Malaysia on Oct 26.

Said Damien Ler, sports manager (diving) at the Singapore Swimming Association: "We want to raise the profile of diving in Singapore and around the region by hosting these international events and bringing in international stars.

"We hope this will encourage more people to take up the sport."

The Diving Grand Prix, introduced in 1995, is regarded as the third-tier Fina diving competition, after the Diving World Cup and the Diving World Series.

It is open to all countries and includes both men's and women's springboard and platform events.

There is no prize money but individual host countries can opt to put up prize money.

The Singapore edition will not have a prize purse.

Entries for the Singapore competition can be submitted only in August but The Straits Times understands that Malaysia and Australia are committed to sending their best divers.

The competition is already under way. Germany hosted the second leg in February while the third leg will commence on May 1 in Canada.

This article was published on April 24 in The Straits Times.

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