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Fina chief calls for high diving development amid Olympic ambition

International Aquatics Federation (Fina) president Julio Maglione has called for the development of high diving if the discipline is to feature at future editions of the Olympic Games.

High diving has been an eye-catching feature of the ongoing Fina World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Divers from nine nations competed in the final top-12 of the men’s event but the women’s competition had four Americans in the nine-strong final.

Maglione told the Reuters news agency: “It is an exciting and beautiful competition, but to be an Olympic sport you need a minimum 100 federations to practice the sport. Right now, we don’t have that amount of people but (what) we want in the future is to be Olympic. We must wait but we will maintain the sport in the World Championships.”

The summer Olympic Games currently feature 10-metre platform events and three-metre springboard competitions.