World Aquatics President Husain Al-Musallam wants to see different nations pick up Olympic golds and world titles in the future ©World Aquatics

World Aquatics President Husain Al-Musallam has vowed to ensure aquatics equipment is distributed to developing nations in a bid to boost their hopes of producing successful athletes in the future.

Since being elected as head of World Aquatics in June 2021, Al-Musallam said he had visited more than 65 countries including 12 in Africa to get a greater understanding of the development of the sport.

Al-Musallam said he was shocked by the lack of facilities for athletes despite providing financial support.

"In most of the countries I have visited, they have been training in the ocean without ropes or lanes," Al-Musallam told insidethegames.

"That’s the majority as there are over 120 or 130 countries.

"Those kids are here in competition.

"They compete or train on the beach which means that we have to make it a priority.

"I am not saying we have a magical big budget to help everybody but we have to look at how we can support the maximum number of countries to have the programme for swimming or learning.

"If it’s not a swimming pool, what can we provide them with?

"I had a meeting with some companies saying you are building all the lane ropes, water polo fields and diving boards for the Olympics and World Championships but now you have to understand that our vision is different, more defined.

"We need to have low cost equipment so World Aquatics can give to the maximum number of federations for training.

"For example, I cannot build Oceania 17 swimming pool for the islands.

"It’s impossible, it costs too much but what we can provide now is inflatable goals for water polo that the coaches or athletes can carry to the beach where they are training and we can use it for water polo teaching."

Al-Musallam outlined his vision for the organisation after a decision was made to change the name of the International Swimming Federation to World Aquatics as part of a new constitution.

"A world united by water for health, life and sport" was revealed as World Aquatics' new slogan as the global governing body for swimming, artistic swimming, open water swimming, diving, high diving and water polo looks to unite all six of its disciplines under the new name.

"I was at a Oceania meeting here and all the federations are very happy about the name change with all the disciplines under one umbrella - World Aquatics," said Al-Musallam.

Jordan Crooks of the Cayman Islands faced Australia's Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers in the men's 100m freestyle final ©Getty Images
Jordan Crooks of the Cayman Islands faced Australia's Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers in the men's 100m freestyle final ©Getty Images

"They are also happy about what World Aquatics is doing to give the developing country the help they need for their children to improve in aquatic sports.

"When discussing with every rich or poor country, I said World Aquatics has funds for the development of the sport.

"We are spending our funds, but we need to coordinate.

"For example, Australia supports the islands but what is important is the development.

"There is no impact, but the funding is being spent."

Al-Musallam highlighted the performance of Jordan Crooks of the Cayman Islands at the World Swimming Championships (25m) in Melbourne and said he hoped to see more athletes from small nations star on the big stage in the future.

"We are talking about reshaping Africa, rebuilding Oceania other than in New Zealand and Australia, rebuilding Asia other than in China, Japan and South Korea and rebuilding the Americas other than in United States, Canada and Brazil," added Al-Musallam.

"There is a lot of work to be done to prepare for the 10 years, LA [Los Angeles 2028] or Brisbane [2032] to see different nations or different people winning gold medals.

"This is my target."