Myrtha in Japan: A Journey through History and Technology
The World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka 2023 is more than just another sporting event. It will be a showcase of the future of aquatic sports, technology, and environmental awareness. After a lengthy delay created by Covid-related restrictions, Fukuoka, originally scheduled for 2021, is at last ready to host approximately 2400 Swimming, Artistic Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, High Diving, and water polo athletes from all around the world for what promises to be a spectacular event. The Fukuoka event embodies two key themes important to aquatics in Japan and globally: continuity and sustainability. These themes are reflected in the partnership between Myrtha Pools and its local partner APC, who, together, have been transforming aquatic facilities in Japan since 1995 with their innovative solutions.
Myrtha and APC have created dozens of pools in the country, including the 50 metres competition venue built for the Japanese Games in Ehime. It was 2017, and this national sport competition hosted in the Ehime represents a turning point that broadened the Myrtha Japanese market to international aquatics events and major projects. After the Japanese Games the competition pool was dismantled and reinstalled permanently at Uchiko City Sport. The legacy of swimming events remains in the country to help the growth of aquatics sports. This reuse concept was also used for an international swimming competition in Tokyo, built always by APC and Myrtha. For Fukuoka 2023, Myrtha Pools will provide five temporary swimming pools for the different disciplines, using the latest Myrtha technology that ensures high performance, durability, safety, and sustainability. The pools are equipped with water filtration systems that reduce water consumption significantly. And, thanks to Myrtha’s modular, stainless-steel pool system, the tanks are built to withstand the seismic conditions that Japan can experience.
Two of the five pools will be used for competitions: one for swimming and artistic swimming, and the other for water polo, which will host more than 80 matches between men’s and women’s teams. The other three pools will be used for training, ensuring the athletes can enjoy the same standards and experience as they will in the competition pools. The main pool and the warm-up pool will also be used for the World Aquatics Masters Championships, which will take place shortly after the main event. But that’s not where the story ends. After the conclusion of the championships, two of the pools will be relocated and permanently installed in two Japanese high schools, giving future generations of aquatic athlete’s access to world-class facilities. And three of the pools that will be used in Fukuoka were also used at the Tokyo Olympic Games (2020/held in 2021), and will be reinstalled in permanent public centres after the event. This shows how Myrtha top-performing technology delivers competition excellence, flexibility, and sustainability in even the most complex of projects. Fukuoka 2023 promises to be not only a celebration of aquatic sports, but also a demonstration of how technology, performance, and sustainability can all be achieved without trade-offs. Myrtha Pools and APC are proud to be part of this vision, and to contribute to the development of aquatic sports in Japan and beyond.