Some of the swimming stars of the future will be in the UAE this summer when Dubai hosts the 4th Fina World Junior Swimming Championships at the Hamdan bin Mohammed Sports Complex, August 26-31.
The competition is open to all swimmers under age 18 and has been held biennially since the inaugural edition in 2006 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The third edition was held in Lima, Peru in 2011 and the fourth iteration was initially scheduled to be held in Casablanca, Morocco.
However, last August, Casablanca withdrew its bid, citing a lack of funds and time to host the competition. The world governing body handed over the organisation to Dubai.
A record 85 countries have confirmed their participation in the event.
In the past, Dubai has played host to a number of Fina-organised events, including several rounds of the Open Water Swimming World Cup, the World Championships (25m) and the Fina/Midea Diving Championships.
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