GREETINGS

MESSAGE FROM THE FINA PRESIDENT

Dr. Julio C. Maglione FINA

It is my great pleasure to present you the FINA MEN’S WATER POLO WORLD LEAGUE 2012, WHICH WILL BE PLAYED FROM NOVEMBER 12, 2011 (start of the preliminary round in Europe) until June 17, 2012 (end of the Super Final).

The 2012 edition of the World League is highlighted by the participation of 19 national teams from four continents – Australia, Canada, China, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey, USA and Venezuela. Furthermore, two preliminary tournaments will be held in the Americas and Asia/Oceania while there will be several rounds of games in Europe, thus demonstrating the universality of this League and the interest of many cities in hosting the games of the competition. The place of the Super Final is to be announced very soon and it is scheduled from June 12–17, 2012.

The coexistence of powerhouses in the sport with emerging nations that are fighting hard to develop the sport in their territory reinforces one of FINA’s goals over the last years: to attract a new and larger public and to ensure a wider TV audience for this spectacular discipline (the oldest team sport in the Olympic programme).

I take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the continuous support and enormous professionalism to the Organisers, National Federations, athletes, coaches and officials participating in the 2012 edition of the FINA MEN’S WATER POLO WORLD LEAGUE. THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SPONSORS, MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES AND SPECTATORS IS ALSO ESSENTIAL IN PROMOTING WATER POLO WORLDWIDE.

I wish the participating teams all the luck and the best to win.

Dr. Julio C. Maglione FINA

COMPLIMENTARY ADDRESS BY THE MAYOR OF ALMATY CITY MR. AKHMETZHAN YESSIMOV

Аким города Алматы Ахметжан Есимов

On behalf of all Almaty citizens I welcome the contestants and guests of our city and congratulate on the occasion of such an honorable tournament as the 11th FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final 2012.

The 7th Winter Asian Games were held in Almaty at a high level in early 2011. All the sport facilities which had been built and reconstructed by that time were highly evaluated by international experts, and nowadays Almaty is able to host various sport events, championships and cups on the world level. The end of 2011 was marked by another historical event — Almaty city won the competition for hosting the 28th Winter Universiade in 2017.

The head of the state Nursultan Nazarbayev called Almaty as "the golden cradle of independence” — that’s where the first sprouts of democracy in our society were grown. Our city has always been and still is Kazakhstan’s leader both in politics and economy. Over 20 years of independence this city has made significant progress in all spheres and is still developing as a big scientific, educational, business, financial, tourist, cultural and sport center of the country.

I wish success to all contestants! May the luck be with you!

Mayor of Almaty city
Akhmetzhan Yessimov

COMPLIMENTARY ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SWIMMING FEDERATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN, NOC PRESIDENT MR. TEMIRKHAN DOSMUKHAMBETOV

Президент ФВВС Темирхан Досмухамбетов

On behalf of the Swimming Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan I express gratitude to the management of FINA for trust and opportunity to host this sport holiday in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty city.

FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final 2012 is a unique opportunity to face off with the best national teams of the world setting pace in the modern water polo, as well as the evidence of attention and extensive support of the head of the state Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Continuing the glorious traditions of Kazakhstan athletes’ triumph in international tournaments I wish the national water polo team of the Republic of Kazakhstan to play in a respectable manner in this tournament and fill in another page of the chronicles of the great victories of Independent Kazakhstan.

May the luck be with you!

President of the Swimming Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, NOC President
Temirkhan Dosmukhambetov

COMPLIMENTARY ADDRESS BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGENCY OF THE SPORT AND PHYSICAL TRAINING AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN YERMEGIYAYEV TALGAT

Председатель Агентства Республики Казахстан по делам спорта и физической культуры Ермегияев Талгат

Over the years of independence the Republic of Kazakhstan has obtained good results in sports showing clearly the prospects for further growth. Large amount of work has been performed for development of popular sports and high performance sports. The necessity of popularization of healthy life style and use of the country’s sports infrastructure was called by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in his annual address as one of strategic priorities in development for the next decade.

Organization of FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final Almaty 2012 is the evidence of properly chosen direction for the country’s development and popularization of popular sports.

First of all I wish luck to the water polo team of the Republic of Kazakhstan. I believe in our victory!

Chairman of the Agency of the Sport and Physical training affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Yermegiyayev Talgat

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