Julio Maglione receiving a tie from Steve Stoute, President of the Barbados Olympic Association ©BOA

Barbados' sports infrastructure has been praised following a visit to the island paid by Julio Maglione, interim President of the Pan American Sports Organization.

Maglione, the Uruguayan who replaced the late Mario Vázquez Raña as President of PASO earlier this year, visited in his capacity as head of the International Swimming Federation (FINA).

After meeting Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) President Steve Stoute and touring the Barbados Olympic Museum, Maglione attended the General Assembly of the Central American and Caribbean Aquatics Association (CCCAN).

He was accompanied by Andrew Kirby and Anthony Selby, President and secretary of the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association (BASA).

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Shakera Reece was one of two Barbados medallists at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, winning a bronze in the 100 metres ©Getty Images

As well as praising the Barbados Olympic Centre, Maglione thanked the BASA for their ability to organise the CCCAN Swimming Championships at very short notice, before the BASA officials praised Stoute for his ongoing support of aquatic sport in Barbados.

During his visit Maglione also discussed preparations for this month's Pan American Games, due to open in Toronto on Friday (July 10). as well as the mechanisms by which FINA could help to develop water polo in Barbados.

Barbados has a proud history in this disicipline, he said, before claiming he would like to see the island become a prominent regional force in the sport once again.

Following Toronto 2015, where Barbados will be looking to improve upon the two bronze medals won at Guadalajara 2011, attention will turn to next Summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where the country will be seeking a first Olympic medal since 100 metres sprinter Obadele Thompson secured bronze at Sydney 2000.

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