Divers Set For Night Time Events

Diving competitions could soon be staged outdoors during the evening after swimming's governing body received encouraging feedback at the inaugural Youth Olympics. The first night open-air diving competition, sanctioned by FINA, took place in Singapore on Sunday. According to FINA diving technical committee chairman Jesus Mena, the women's 10 metre platform final was "amazing". He told reporters: "This is something that we now have had a great experience with. When we finish at the Youth Olympic Games, night diving is something that we will be keeping in mind for future events." Outdoor night diving initially caused concerns for swimmers and coaches but they have now adapted to the new style. Mena, the 1988 Seoul Olympic 10 metre platform bronze medallist, added: "Before, it was a myth that you couldn't dive at night time in an outdoor pool. "Now from (the Youth Olympics), we know it's possible. "The divers and coaches say it's been a good experience. This could change the sport for television and for the diving family."

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