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  • 27 Oct 2023
  • Source : ADSC

The Arab Swimming Championships get underway in Abu Dhabi

The sixth Arab Swimming Championships for men and women will commence, Friday, 27 October, with the participation of 140 male and female swimmers from 16 Arab countries, at the Mohamed Bin Zayed City Swimming Pool in Abu Dhabi. The competitions will continue until 30 October, sponsored and organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in cooperation with the UAE Swimming Federation and Abu Dhabi Water Sports Club.

Teams from Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Yemen and the UAE are participating, with a total of 140 male and female swimmers representing their nations.

Championship Director, Abdullah Al Wahaibi, confirmed that the organising committee is ready to launch this Arab event before a large gathering of spectators, following the remarkable success of the 2021 Arab Swimming Championships previously held in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi’s hosting of the sixth edition of this championship constitutes a milestone on the international sports calendar this year.

Al Wahaibi added: “The championship will be an opportunity for the member Arab federations to prepare swimmers for upcoming global competitions, including the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha and the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.”

He also praised the great support provided by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for the tournament’s success, which is scheduled over 4 days at the Mohamed Bin Zayed City (50 metre) Swimming Pool. It is the site where all committees worked alongside the Arab Swimming Confederation to receive delegations and facilitate their tasks in training, ensuring that any difficulties were overcome before the start of the tournament.

The technical meeting for the tournament was held today, Thursday, 26 October, with the participation of all teams, as well as a meeting of the referees’ committee, at the residence of the participating teams, during which all instructions were explained to ensure the smooth flow of various organisational matters.