Since 2006, FINA organises World Junior Swimming Championships to allow young swimmers to develop through elite level competition. Every two years, about 500 swimmers aged between 14 and 18 years old gather together to test their skills among an up-and-coming field.
The FINA World Championships are contested in a long course (50-meter) pool. The event was first held in 1973 and is now held every two years. From 1978-1998, the World Championships were held every four years, in the even years between Summer Olympic years. From 2001 on, the Championships have been held every two years, in the odd years.
The history of the 27th World University Games (WUG) started long before its due date. Kazan was announced as the host city for the 2013 Summer Universiade in Brussels on May 31, 2008. The 27th World University Games in Kazan will be the first Universiade, and even more, the first high-profile multi-sport event in the history of modern Russia.
The Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) is an international multi-sport competition. Over two thousand athletes will compete across seventeen different sports in an event which is part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games legacy. Competition begins on the 17th January and concludes on the 20th January.
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