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4th FINA World Championships open to all with free transport

posted on 20/08/2013: 1747 views



The 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships kicks off in Dubai in just a week and with 859 athletes from 93 countries from around the world making their way here, there will be a home team for nearly every Dubai resident to support.

Organisers of the event announced yesterday that free transport to and from the Hamdan Sports Complex would be provided for the duration of the event to allow all sports fans the chance to see their countries in action in the pool.

The competition is for the best juniors in the world, girls aged 14-17 and boys aged 15-18. With many of the swimming powerhouse nations like the USA, Australia, UK, China and Russia sending strong teams including multiple Olympians, the competition will be tough.

However in line with FINA's intention to use competitions like this as a way to further develop swimming in smaller nations all countries can send a team with a maximum of two in each event, allowing nations who are still developing their swimming programs to compete with the world's best and get a taste of elite international competition, and take the motivation and the lessons learnt back to their home countries.

The free bus service to the Hamdan Sports Complex will run daily for both the morning heats sessions and the evening semi-finals and finals over the six days of competition.

The buses will leave from the parking area opposite the main entrance at the Mall of the Emirates (near the main taxi rank between Debenhams and Harvey Nichols), and from the Dubai Mall,(in the public parking area to the right hand side of the metro station).

Buses will depart at 9.30am and 4pm on the opening day of competition on Monday 26 August, then at 9.30am and 5pm on the remaining days 27-31 August. Buses will return to both locations at 1pm and 8pm daily.

"We are very excited about the level of competition that will be on display, and spectators are guaranteed some world class action in the pool, with swimmers such as Olympic and World Champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania competing.

With 93 nations represented almost every person in Dubai will have a team to cheer on, so we encourage them to use the free bus service and come out to see the best juniors in the world in action," said Ahmed Al Falasi, President of the UAE Swimming Federation and Chairman of the Organising Committee.

The Championships will run from 26 - 31 August, with heats each day from 10am - 12.30pm, and semi-finals and finals each night from 6-8pm. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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