Swimming fans will be reveling is today’s news that tickets to the FINA Mastbank Swimming World Cup – Doha, August 27-28, 2014 will be available for free. The announcement, made today by the Local Organising Committee, highlights FINA’s vision to open up the world of swimming in the Middle East. As some of the world’s greatest swimmers complete their final preparations for the two-day, action-packed event, eager fans can rest assured they will not miss out as tickets can be collected at the venue entrance, from August 25 – 26.
The free-to-attend global competition marks the start of the annual FINA Swimming World Cup 2014. The event comprises a series of eight enthralling meets that see the best in the world compete to earn ranking points, prize money and a place in history. Fans are expected to flood the Hamad Aquatic Centre during August 27-28, as swimming’s most talented and dedicated athletes from 37 countries deliver two days of spectacular performances in the water.
Khalil Al Jaber, President of Qatar Swimming Association, commented:
“We are delighted to be able to offer everyone in Qatar the chance to experience swimming at its finest at the FINA World Cup in Doha. Alongside the Qatar Olympic Committee we are focused on giving people opportunities to engage with new sports both as spectators and as athletes. With the World Cup and the FINA World Championships both being hosted in Doha this year we have a responsibility to use those events to help grow the sport of swimming across the region, and this is an exciting step towards that goal.”
Previous Champions at the Doha edition of the FINA World Cup have included South African two-time Olympic gold medalist Chad Le Clos (RSA) and Hungary’s multiple World Record holder Katinka Hosszú. Should the two return to Doha to defend their titles, Le Clos will be coming off a successful summer which saw him take home seven medals at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Hungarian ‘Iron Lady’ will also be looking to repeat her 2013 successes and fans should look out for a strong 400m individual medley and 200m butterfly from the 25 year old.
As well as the global swimming superstars, crowds will be getting behind Oussama Mellouli, arguably the greatest swimmer the MENA region has ever produced, as he makes a return to the pool in Doha this year. The three-time Olympic medalist also takes on the role of ambassador this year, working with young swimmers from Qatar and around the world, sharing his experiences and passion for the sport.
This is Qatar’s year of swimming. Free tickets to the FINA Mastbank Swimming World Cup in Doha means there is no excuse to miss the excitement of seeing the world’s best go head-to-head in the water. For the first time in FINA’s history, a city will host both a World Cup event and the World Championships event in December, further showcasing the country’s growing commitment to swimming, and highlighting the importance of this first event for world class swimmers.
Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the excitement of the FINA Mastbank Swimming World Cup – Doha, August 27-28, 2014. Tickets can be collected free of charge at the venue entrance, from August 25 – 26, 2014 from 10:00 – 18:00 and August 27-28, 2014 from 08:00 – 20:00. Find out more at www.qatarswimming.com. Follow us @SWC_Doha on Twitter, and search for FINA Mastbank Swimming World Cup Doha Qatar on Facebook.
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