IN THE UNDERWATER KINGDOM THEY ALSO LIKE RUGBY AND HOCKEY
Underwater swimming, now commonly referred to as "diving", is experiencing a veritable boom in Russia. The dive industry is on the upgrade, specialized glossy magazines tell us fascina≠ting stories about mysteries of the underwater world, the number of diving enthusiasts and various clubs is growing. In this context the foundation of the Russian Underwater Federation (RUF) early this year looks quite legitimate and natural. Having spread its wings, the new public organization held an official presentation this summer and signed a treaty of cooperation with the All-Russia Swimming Federation.
As RUF President Anna Arzhanova sees it, the organizationís top priority tasks include the development of material and technical facilities in this kind of sport, the creation of adequate conditions for young diversí training, and successful performances by the countryís national team at major international competitions. In her opinion, the fact that RUF has been officially recognized by the World Underwater Federation and is a corporate member of the latterís sports, scientific and technical committees with the vote is very important and gratifying.
At the presentation ceremony it was pointed out that one of the attractive sides of the underwater sport is the variety of its disciplines: swimming with flippers, orienteering, sports shooting, hunting, free diving, aquathlon, rugby, hockey, photographing.