The FINA World Aquatics Gala "Soiree des Etoiles," the fourth edition of its kind, is set to celebrate the best athletes and coaches of 2017 in Sanya, South China's Hainan Province, on Saturday December 2.
In addition to the biggest FINA Stars, several of the most outstanding Chinese athletes in aquatic sports will gather at the Gala, such as Olympic and World champion Sun Yang, Olympic medallist Fu Yuanhui, synchronised swimmers sisters Jiang Wenwen/Jiang Tingting, and former Olympic and World champions including Tian Liang, Xiong Ni, Guo Jingjing and Gao Ming, and many others.
The Gala will award 13 male and female athletes as well as celebrate 14 coaches who have played a crucial role in their athletes’ success in 2017.
Two Masters athletes will also be distinguished for their outstanding commitment.
Finally, the FINA Media Award of 2017 will be attributed.
Winners biographies and interviews will be available on FINA website (homepage) as soon as they are announced.
The FINA World Aquatics Gala was first held in Doha (QAT), before the start of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). The following edition was organised in Budapest (HUN) on January 31, 2016 and the 2016 awardees were known in Windsor (CAN) on December 4, 2016, a couple of days before the start of the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).