Lausanne, Nov 12, 2014: In 21 days, the Qatari capital will welcome the international swimming elite and world aquatics community for the 12th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place from December 3-7, 2014 at the Hamad Aquatic Centre. Over 900 swimmers from 170 national federations are expected to compete in Doha, which will feature a total 46 events, including 12 relays.
Prior to the championships, FINA will hold its third World Aquatics Convention at the Ritz Hotel from November 29 to December 1. Among its many highlights are the Aquatics Conference, the FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic, the Exhibition and the Gala “Soiree des Etoiles”.
Under the theme “Aquatics – Engaging for Success”, the conference will address top issues in the world of Aquatics, relating to sport development across all FINA disciplines, the global sport market, sponsorship and partnership, new technologies and media, etc. Key players in the sport industry, experts, athletes and representatives of national member federations will all step on the stage to share visions and ideas.
At the same venue, the second FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic will take place from November 30 to December 1, bringing together some of the world’s most brilliant coaches to discuss the keys to success in competitive swimming, among other topics.
The Exhibition will provide a unique showroom for sport manufacturers, FINA partners and sponsors, future host cities of FINA World Championships, including Guadalajara 2017, Gwangju 2019 and Budapest 2021, and a networking opportunity for the Aquatics family.
In addition, an extraordinary meeting of the Congress will be organised on November 29 in Doha, as well as a “Soiree des Etoiles” rewarding the Best Athletes of 2014 on December 1.
First-ever Youth programmes to be held in Doha:
For the first time ever, on the occasion of the Doha 2014 championships, a Youth Programme will welcome more than 230 athletes and 120 coaches from all five continents, representing no less than 130 countries. Internationally renowned swimming coach Todd Schmitz (USA) will run this programme, sharing passion and inspiring young hopefuls to shape the future of swimming.
Taking place during the championships in Doha (December 3-7), the programme will include education topics (team building, nutrition, anti-doping, etc.), pool training and attendance of all evening’s finals.
Also being staged for the first time, a FINA/AIPS young reporters programme will be organised in Doha fromNovember 29 to December 7, 2014.
10 journalists, representing Australia, China, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay, will receive training in the latest trends of journalism while attending top-notch events, the 3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention and 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). —- FINA