Hungarian Olympic Swim Coach Ivan Petrov Cooperates with Croatian Swimming Federation

Daniela Rogulj

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Ivan Petrov will transfer his knowledge and experience to Croatian swimming coaches as well as to swimmers, reports T.portal.

The first joint activities have already been done at the preparations held in Pula, as well as at the first Grand Prix competition Jadran GP, which this year was held in Šibenik instead of Split.

Petrov is currently with the Croatia swimming team at the European Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia.

As the coach of Hungary, Petrov participated in the Olympic Games four times (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020). Behind him is a celebrated coaching career, numerous World and European Championships, and other international competitions, in which his swimmers won the world and European medals and broke the world and European records.

In addition to working with the national team since 2013, Petrov is the head coach of the Gyori Uszo SE club.

His work has been recognized by the World Swimming Federation (FINA) and the European Swimming Federation (LEN) which have included him as a member in their Coaching Boards.

The cooperation with Petrov is one in a series of activities of the Croatian Swimming Federation that are being undertaken to return Croatian swimming to the top of the world swimming scene.

T.portal reported earlier this week that the president of the Croatian Swimming Federation, Vladislav Veselica, with the help of his closest associates and the World Swimming Federation (FINA), the umbrella world water sports organization, has launched several great projects that should produce new medal winners at big competitions.

“I can already announce that FINA will train Croatian swimming coaches in its educational centers,” explained Veselica for T.portal, and announced the development of a Croatian swimming strategy.

“The strategy will cover several key areas of development, but they are all aimed at bringing together a community of athletes and professionals around swimming, from those entering the pool for the first time to the Olympians, who will build the sport together, but also the whole society we live in. We want to look up to Budapest, the city of a hundred pools, and cover the whole of Croatia with top swimming facilities, Olympic pools, and not semi-solutions in which it is not possible to train well and hold competitions. The long-term goal is to build a national swimming center,” revealed Veselica’s ambitious plan.

“But it’s not all about building infrastructure, we will invest in coaches, their expertise, as well as in modern technological solutions that are used today by swimming superpowers, and are not yet used in our country. We will also dedicate an important part of the strategy to educating athletes about nutrition and training.”

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