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FINA Swimming World Cup begins today

posted on 17/10/2013: 2398 views

UAE World class international swimming returns to Dubai today with the start of the FINA Swimming World Cup, and organisers are delighted with both the calibre and number of entries received.

This is the third time Dubai has hosted a leg of the prestigious FINA Swimming World Cup, and over 200 swimmers from 41 countries will hit the pool tomorrow for the first day of exciting competition at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

The entry list for the FINA Swimming World Cup features some of the biggest names in swimming from across the world. Olympic and World champions Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary head the list, which also includes Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia, Yulia Yefimova and Stanislav Donets of Russia and Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Inge Dekker of the Netherlands. Between them this group holds numerous World titles, World records and Olympic medals, ensuring a thrilling competition and a great spectacle of sport for Dubai swimming fans.

Speaking at the pre-event Press Conference yesterday, Soren Korbo, Honorary Secretary of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee, said "After being here just a matter of weeks ago for the very successful 4th FINA World Junior Championships, we are delighted to be back in Dubai again so soon.

"We always enjoy coming here and it is wonderful to see the rapid growth in swimming in Dubai as a result of hosting these superb events. It is important to FINA that we continue to promote the development of swimming around the world and it is wonderful to be part of a great partnership with Dubai and the UAE as we work together to develop the sport here” he added. Abdulla Shahdad of the Dubai Sports Council and member of the Organising Committee, said "We are very proud to be welcoming you back for another FINA Swimming World Cup. It is a great honour to be hosting so many world class events here, and our sincere thanks go to Sheikh Hamdan Bbin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council for his support. We are delighted with the impact these events are having on the development of swimming in Dubai.”

The Executive Director of the UAE Swimming Federation Ayman Saad agreed, saying "The regular hosting of these world class events not only provides great entertainment for the sporting fans but inspires our children to become involved and to strive for excellence.”

Organisers have also included special races for children on both days to give them the opportunity to be part of the event. The "Children's World Cup” will feature 25m and 50m races, and is open to any child who can swim that distance.

The competition this year has attracted an exceptionally high quality field, and two of the stars expected to take gold at the meet, London Olympic gold medalist and World Champion Chad Le Clos and current World Champion and World Cup champion, Katinka Hosszu were among the guests at the press conference.

Le Clos, who won the World cup overall title in 2011, is currently in the lead in the 2013 pointscore, and said yesterday "My next goal is to win the World Cup this year, then I have the Commonwealth Games next year where I want to do really well. Then of course I want to win Olympic gold again in 2016. I am also an Ambassador for the Youth Olympics next year, and I'm looking forward to that”.

Le Clos, who is also making time to meet with the children participating in the Children's World Cup, said "Now that I have won international competitions I believe I have a responsibility to the next generation to be a good role model and to help them however I can”. – The Gulf Today


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