Panorama at FINA World Championships in Kazan

Kazan won the right to host it in July 2011, leaving behind Guadalajara, Mexico, and Hong Kong.

On July 24-August 9 Kazan is hosting the 16th FINA World Championships. It’s the first time FINA World Championships is held in Russia.

Around 2,700 athletes representing 190 countries are competing in Kazan. They will compete for 75 sets of medals – an unprecedented number for FINA World Championships – in six disciplines: diving, swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, open water swimming and high diving. Swimming and synchronized swimming events will be held in the pools constructed for that purpose within the Kazan Arena football stadium. Three other venues will be used for the Championships: the Aquatics Palace for the diving events, the temporary Water Polo Arena and the open water and high diving venue at the Kazanka River in front of the Kremlin. Two towers have been installed at the Kazanka River embankment, the High Diving tower and a 20-metre TV tower opposite of it.

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The anticipated worldwide audience of 4.5 billion closely following the action. Host Broadcaster for the 17 day Championship is the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). “We have an overall team of 300 people working in all areas, obviously production is the biggest one and we are working together with our colleagues from Spanish television TVE for Swimming and Synchronised Swimming production. Our   Russian partner, Panorama, provides us services for TV-production of Open Water Swimming, High Diving, Diving and Water Polo,” said Said Franck Choquard, managing director, Eurovision Production Coordination SA (EBC). Panorama utilises a great many specialist cameras, including HSSM for each venue, micro cameras, polecams, CableCam 1D and 2D. CableCam 2D is used for Swimming and Synchronised Swimming showing the interior space of the stadium and the athletes, while a robotic system based CableCam 1D with three remote cameras moves over high-boards. Four Phantom v642 cameras add to the beauty of the water sports, capturing splashes of water and athletes faces in their plasticity and fluidity. 

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Panorama at FINA World Championships in Kazan

“Our plans call for four of our trucks to be used for the Host Broadcaster operation, while a further three will serve the RHBs. In all, we will be using over 160 of our personnel for this high profile event”, Kiknadze said.

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