The 10th World Shortcourse Swimming Championships held at the magnificent Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai last month has been officially declared the best ever in terms of organization.
Fina, the international governing body of swimming, has in a letter of gratitude addressed to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Dubai Sports Council (DSC) who organized the event.
The letter signed by both Fina president Dr Julio Maglione and its executive director Cornel Marculescu stated that Dubai hosted the best Fina World Swimming Championships (25 m) ever. It also conveyed thanks and appreciation for the marvellous presents Fina received during the championships.
Fina officials also congratulated Sheikh Hamdan for the magnificent and outstanding Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Complex which hosted the championships from December 15-19. The officials were particularly impressed by the modern infrastructure and facilities of the complex.
Mattar Al Tayer, Vice-President of Dubai Sports Council and Vice-President of the Higher Organising Committee of the Championships, said: “We are very proud to be the best city that hosted this championships. This would not have been achieved without the generous support of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the instructions of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Dubai Sports Council, and the efforts of UAE people who worked on this championships.”
The first ever world swimming championships to be held in the Middle East attracted a record number of 800 entries from 153 countries. The five-day competition saw four world records and 57 championship marks being set.