ISTANBUL, December 7. WHEN Michael Phelps checks his mailbox today, in it he may find a personal invitation to attend the FINA Short Course World Championships. Turkish Weekly reported today that the Turkey Swimming Federation sent an official letter inviting the now-retired swimming great to attend the event. World Championships will run from December 12-16, at the Sinan Erdem Sports Hall in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ahmet Mazhar Bozdogan, Chairman of the Turkish Swimming Federation, expects Phelps to respond to the invitation in a few days' time. Bozdogan also noted that 1,100 swimmers from 162 countries will compete at the Championships, a record attendance for the meet.
The nature of the invitation implies that Phelps would attend the event as a spectator, not a competitor.