FINA World Championships: Dubai Named Host of 2013 FINA World Championships -- July 18, 2009

ROME, Italy, July 18. THE city of Dubai (UAE) will be the organiser of the 15th FINA World Championships, to be held in 2013. The announcement was made on July 18, 2009 after the FINA Bureau voted on the three Cities/National Federations that presented their candidature for this competition: Dubai (UAE), Hamburg (GER) and Moscow (RUS).

Dubai will also organise in December 2010 the 10th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

Before the 2013 FINA World Championships (including the five FINA aquatic disciplines), the 14th edition of this competition will take place in Shanghai (CHN) on July 16-31, 2011.

At the Press Conference announcing the winner for 2013, the FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui also spoke about the 13th FINA World Championships Rome 2009, which will start officially today.

"We are again in the Italian capital, organising city of the 1994 FINA World Championships and certainly ready to host with the same success the major competition of the FINA calendar here at the spectacular venue of the Foro Italico", said Mr. Larfaoui. He then continued: "The first record of the competition was already established: 2600 athletes from 179 nations will be present in Rome, a new record in the history of this event."

The FINA President concluded by thanking the Organising Committee for its work and all those involved in the set-up of the competition, namely the Host Broadcaster RAI, responsible for transmitting the images of the championships in High Definition (a first in the history of the competition).

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July 18, 2009 Will Israeli swimmers be allowed to compete?

Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer was denied a visa to Dubai needed to play in the Sony Ericsson World Tennis Association Tour event earlier this year. Andy Roddick (who is not Jewish) of the USA pulled out of the tournament in protest.

A few years ago, Dubai was offering millions of dollars to some top swimmers to change citizenship so the country could "buy" a relay Olympic medal.

Is the really the kind of country we want hosting an event of this kind?

Submitted by: flutterby
July 18, 2009 Well, they're hosting next year's FINA World Championships in Shortcourse swimming anyway.

Anyway strange they went for Dubai for that reason, just like Shanghai though which had it in 06 and was a flop, and gave it to them for 11 anyway.
Submitted by: Priyant
July 19, 2009 Its going to be around 50 deg C..It'll be hot and dusty and hotter. Not a good place to enjoy. Only beaches in Dubai are behind close doors. Believe me, I've been there.
Submitted by: speedboat
July 19, 2009 Delaney's wearing B70 in Rome, which is what he wore when he went 53.2 in March. Rickard's been sort of off this year, so not sure how well he'll do.
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