MANCHESTER, England, November 29. THE dates for the 2008 edition of the FINA World Short Course Championships have been announced. The competition, slated for Manchester, will run from April 9-13 in a temporary pool at the Manchester Evening News Arena. The venue is expected to seat up to 10,000 spectators and will serve as a precursor to the Beijing Olympics later in the year.
"We are all delighted the dates for the World Championships are firmly in place for what will be a fantastic event,” said Katie Brazier, Commercial Director for British Swimming. "All parties involved are excited about the prospect of holding such an international event especially in an Olympic year where the world's greatest swimmers will be looking to finalize their preparations ahead of Beijing."