A big parade in the Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, on Friday (August 31) marked the official opening of the first World Championships in swimming, water-polo, diving and synchronized swimming.
GV Swimming pool and surrounding area
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SV Swimmers and trainers (3 shots)
GV Sailors carrying official mascot with names of countries
SV Official guests watch parade
GV Australian team parade
SV Sailor taking photograph
SV Israeli and American teams parading
SV Sailor watches as Yugoslav and Fin teams march (3 shots)
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Background: A big parade in the Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, on Friday (August 31) marked the official opening of the first World Championships in swimming, water-polo, diving and synchronized swimming.
Forty-seven countries from all parts of the world are taking part in the events, which began on Saturday, September 1st. This represents over 1000 competitors for the various events to be held during the nine-day tournament.
A record number of countries - 19 in all - are competing in the water-polo contest, for the European Cup Championship. Fifteen countries are also taking part in the relatively new competitive event of synchronised swimming, where teams perform in close unison and are judged on their precision rather than speed.
SYNOPSIS: Over one-thousand competitors from forty-seven countries in Yugoslavia for the first World Championship in swimming, water-polo, diving and synchronised swimming began on Friday in the Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, which has been specially adapted for the tournament. Competition started on Saturday, But competitors arrived a few days early to get in some last-minute practice in the pool.
Friday night saw the official opening, with a big parade of competing nations...all in their national uniforms. The championships promise some tough competitor.... a record number of nineteen countries are to do battle in the water-polo section, comprising the European Cup Championship.
There is also a healthy entry of fifteen countries for the highly difficult synchronised swimming section...a relatively new competitive event where teams perform in close unison and are judged on precision rather than speed. The tournament will last nine days in all, and could see several new world records established in the fierce international competition.