The International Swimming Federation has announced on Tuesday that the 21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024 will take place from 2-18 February 2024 in Doha, Qatar, following a decision by FINA and the Doha 2024 Local Organizing Committee.
The federation has said in a statement that this decision came to allow plenty of time for athletes to prepare before they compete in the Paris Olympics scheduled for the same year.
The 21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024 were originally scheduled for the summer of 2023. However, due to the rescheduling of the 20th FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, to the summer of 2023 required a change in the Doha event dates.
Doha will be hosting FINA’s flagship event for the very first time after successfully hosting multiple FINA events over recent years, including the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2014, nine editions of the FINA Swimming World Cup, four FINA Marathon Swim World Series events and a FINA Diving World Series event in 2009.
With 76 medal events taking place across the six FINA disciplines of swimming, artistic swimming, open water swimming, diving, high diving and water polo, Doha will provide an ideal setting for the world’s best aquatics competition. It will also serve as a stop on the road to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, providing qualification opportunities for the swimming, artistic swimming, open water swimming, diving, and water polo disciplines.
“At FINA, we are committed to giving athletes additional opportunities to compete on the championship stage. Today’s announcement is a testament to this. We are extremely fortunate to have an event host in Doha that shares our passion for aquatics with the willingness and flexibility to organise this prestigious event to the benefit of aquatics athletes everywhere,” said FINA President Husain Al-Musallam. “The city’s world-class facilities will ensure that the athletes can perform at the highest level, inspiring the next generation of aquatics fans.”
Swimming, artistic swimming and water polo will take place in the Aspire Dome, with the venue transforming from the world’s largest indoor multi-sport arena into the world’s largest indoor aquatics venue. With sustainability and accessibility at the heart of the event, the diving competitions will be at the Hamad Aquatic Centre, an indoor venue 200m from Aspire Dome, with the high diving and open water swimming competitions set to take place in the nearby Museum of Islamic Art.
FINA will soon announce revised dates for the FINA World Masters Championships 2024 in Doha.
Source and cover image credit: FINA
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