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Olympic qualification up for grabs at Doha event

The final leg of the FINA World Cup will be contested in a 50M pool as it is also a qualification event for the 2020 Olympics.
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South Africa’s Chad le Clos will be a swimmer to watch in Doha. IQ File Photo: Vinod Divakaran

Come November 7, and some of the planet’s best swimmers will head to the Qatari capital to compete in the final leg of the 2019 FINA World Cup Series.

For many competitors, the races at the Hamad Aquatic Complex will be doubly important, as it is also an Olympic qualification event.

Qatar Swimming Association President Khaleel Al Jabir said the 50M pool would be used for competitions this time.

“We expect some tough races in Doha since the FINA World Cup doubles up as an official qualification event for the Tokyo Games. Unlike in previous years, we’ll hold the races in the 50M pool as that’s the Olympic standard,” he told Inside Qatar.

A galaxy of stars, including reigning Olympic and world champions, are expected to feature in the races in Doha, with a feast in store for the fans.

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Qatar Swimming Association President Khaleel Al Jabir. IQ File Photo: Vinod Divakaran

“Many stars, like Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu and South Africa’s Chad le Clos, will return to Doha’s pool. Qatar’s Abdulaziz Al Obaidly, Abdulrahman Al Mohammed and Waleed Dalloul, among others, will also be in action. It’ll be a great three days of action,” he said.

The QSA will host an Olympic Solidarity Youth Camp on the sidelines of the World Cup.

The camp for young Asian swimmers runs from November 5 to 15 and is jointly organised by the Qatar Olympic Committee, Olympic Council of Asia and the Aspire Academy.

“We’re organising it for only the second time, after a three-year gap. We’ve invited all Asian nations to send two swimmers – a girl and a boy below 17 – and their coach, to Doha. In addition to using great training facilities, they’ll undergo scientific tests to measure their capabilities. Underwater videos of each swimmer’s main stroke will also be analysed,” he said.

“The coaches will participate in the Association of Sports Institutes in Asia Congress, hosted by Aspire Academy. It’ll be an unforgettable experience for everyone involved,” said the official.
The Doha-leg of the FINA World Cup is the last of seven stops, divided into three clusters. While qualification events will take place in the morning, finals will be in the evenings.

A brief ceremony on November 7 evening will mark the opening of the competition, which is set to feature more than 230 swimmers from around the world.

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Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu is among the stars expected to compete at the FINA World Cup. IQ File Photo: Vinod Divakaran