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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) announced the capital city is to host the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in December for the first time in history and, in an exciting development, with less than eight months to go until the best short-course swimmers from across the globe descend on the UAE for what promises to be a spectacular occasion, the official brand logo has now been revealed.
Made up of 44 different swimming events, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will be held at the state-of-the-art Etihad Arena – the UAE’s largest multi-purpose indoor entertainment venue, which opened in 2021 and is located on Yas Island.
The official brand logo for the championships, which celebrates Abu Dhabi’s pearl diving heritage, has also been revealed to mark the announcement of the event.
Taking place from Dec.16-21, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will showcase the very best in aquatic talent, providing both local and international fans with the opportunity to watch top-quality competitive swimming action in the heart of Abu Dhabi.
Originally scheduled for 2020, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will feature men’s and women’s events in all four strokes - freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly - along with the individual medley and relays.
Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to bring the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) to Abu Dhabi later this year.
“This is set to be a huge event for Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and the UAE, with over 1,000 of the most talented short-course swimmers from around the world, fresh from the Olympic Games in Tokyo, showcasing their abilities in what we expect to be an exciting competition.
“This World Championship event will further strengthen the emirate’s unique sporting offering, enhancing its reputation as a top global destination for sport, entertainment, leisure and business.
“Abu Dhabi continues to showcase its ability to host large scale events while ensuring the safety of everybody in attendance in the land of tolerance and peace."
“The wise leadership of our country and their generous support for the development of the sports sector has always been overwhelming in the land of tolerance and peace.
“Abu Dhabi has also worked relentlessly to bring life to normalcy from the prevailing pandemic through large vaccination campaigns exceeding 9 million doses to combat the re-emerging new waves of the Covid-19 cases.
“The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) is the latest addition to an ever-growing list of major sporting events to be hosted in Abu Dhabi recently, including UFC, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf
Championship, Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the UAE Tour and the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.
“The Championships will be hosted in parallel with the FINA World Aquatics Convention, yet another important event on the global calendar, which will also take place on Yas Island."
Julio C Maglione, President of the Federation Internationale De Natation (FINA), added: “The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will be a highlight of the 2021 sporting calendar, and we are thrilled to be able to bring the event to Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s fastest-growing sporting hubs.
“Having previously staged events such as the FINA High Diving World Cup and FINA Open Water Swim World Cup in Abu Dhabi, we know there is a huge appetite for top-quality sporting action among the local community. We are extremely proud to give fans in Abu Dhabi and the UAE another major event to look forward to at the end of a big year for sport.”
Mohamed Abdulla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, added: “We are extremely excited to host the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) at Etihad Arena in December, and look forward to building our partnership with FINA in the years to come. This event, along with the FINA World Aquatics Convention, builds on Yas Island’s track record in hosting International sporting events of such caliber. As we expect over 13,000 hotel room night bookings, this event is yet another testament to Yas Island’s position as a top global destination for entertainment, leisure and business.”
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