HANOCH BUDIN – INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFIER

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How’s it going with this Italian Leg of the World Series?

I’m very familiar with this place, with the competition, with Italy. The location is very comfortable, with all the venues and services close together. It’s a strange season: the city closed, this few people around, but everything is good for training and classification.

 

You have a great experience as a classifier. How it’s Para Swimming growing over the years?

As a former athlete and swimmer I’m very happy to see that everything develops in a very good way: athletes are better trained, more focused, there is more money for the organizations and the athletes -this is very important, so they can pursue their swimming career. The International (IPC) and the National (NPC) Paralympic committes, and the governements, should support them because they represent their countries. Of course there are some things that need to be corrected, but I’m very happy of this development.

 

How did the Covid pandemic affect your job as a classifier?

As classifiers we need to travel, we travel worldwide and every country has its Covid rules and regulations. We need to adapt and respect all these rules. Sometimes you have to test at every connection, sometimes you don’t have direct flies… It’s difficoult, and when you arrive there are more rules, you have to live in the bubble. Tokyo has been a great challenge. Of course we prefer a free environment. In the last two years we’ve had less opportunities to classify, and this is not good.

 

Why did you choose to become a classifier?

This is a very interesting question. I used to be a swimmer, and I do my job for the swimmers. As a former swimmer I am aware that the classification is a big issue, and I try to reassure the swimmers that I know what I am doing and that I am here for them and I know the matter better than anyone else. I do it for the athletes. I work to create the fairest possible environment. It’s a very difficult job. Sometimes people do not understand: we are volunteers who leave our families and our jobs, but we keep doing it for the love of the sport