Posted on June 17, 2014

As Qatar continues in its preparations to welcome the swimming world to Doha in 2014, the Olympic Council Asia alongside Qatar National Olympic Committee and FINA, have partnered to bring some of Asia’s most promising emerging talent to Doha for the Asian Swimming Youth Camp.

From 18-28 June, 95 swimmers and coaches from 30 nations across Asia will take part in the programme in Doha, ahead of the city hosting the FINA Swimming World Cup, FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and FINA Aquatic Convention all in 2014. The camp has been designed with a vision to bring together and inspire young athletes from emerging swimming nations. Officials from Olympic Council Asia and FINA will also be in attendance.

The athletes will have the opportunity to train at the capital’s Hamad Aquatics Centre, the venue which is set to play host to the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) from 3-7 December, 2014. The itinerary also includes a visit to the Anti-Doping Laboratory Qatar, a world-class facility providing doping testing for athletes across the Gulf and Asia and the only one of its kind in the Middle East region.

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Khaleel Al Jabir, Qatar Swimming Association President said: “2014 is a very important year with Qatar set to host three major FINA events and Doha ready to take centre stage of the swimming world. As well as staging successful events to the highest global standard, we also have a responsibility to harness this opportunity to help grow the sport not only in Qatar, but all around Asia. With our partners at Olympic Council Asia through the Asian Swimming Youth Camp, we are beginning that journey. We want to give young swimmers the chance to train in world-class facilities that will host world championships; to come together and share their experiences and ambitions; and to be inspired by the prestigious swimming events taking place in the region this year.”

Omar Hisham Omar, one of Qatar’s most promising young swimmers, said: “I’m looking forward to taking part in the Asian Swimming Youth Camp in Doha this month. It will be great to meet other young athletes from around the region who are doing the same thing as me. Who knows, we may be competing against each other at a World Championship someday!”

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The Asian Swimming Youth Camp is just one of many world-class swimming events in Qatar this year. The 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will take place in Doha for the first time in 2014, showcasing the country’s growing commitment to swimming and building further to Qatar’s proud record as a successful host of major international sporting events. The Hamad Aquatic Centre, a facility at the heart of Doha Sports City which has previously held the 2006 Asian Games and the 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup, will welcome over 1000 elite swimmers representing over 180 countries for five days of competition.

In the build-up to the championship Doha will also play host to the FINA Swimming World Cup, Doha (August 27-28, 2014) as well as the 3rd FINA Aquatics Convention(November 29- December 01, 2014) directly ahead of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships. For more information please visit www.wscdoha2014.com

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