Swimming superstars return to UAE for final round of World Cup

DUBAI, 4th October, 2015 (WAM) — World class swimming competition returns to Dubai next month as an impressive line-up of world and Olympic champions heads to the UAE for the final round of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup.

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu head the list of big names who will compete for glory in the 50m pool at the Hamdan Sports Complex on 6th and 7th November.

It is the first time that Dubai will host the final deciding leg of the eight-stage event, which will also see both male and female athletes scoop the US$100,000 prize money on offer.

Commenting on the return of the swimming extravaganza to the UAE, Ahmed Al Falasi, President of the UAE Swimming Association, said, “We are delighted to be welcoming the world’s best swimmers to Dubai again next month. This is the fifth time this event has been held in Dubai, and we are honoured to be hosting the final and deciding leg of the Swimming World Cup this year.

“With the overall World Cup title and Olympic qualification on the line, the competition is guaranteed to be exciting and we encourage sports fans to come and witness the World and Olympic champions in action.”

With qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics on the line for every athlete, the last round of the World Cup is set to become one of the most competitive sporting contests ever staged in Dubai, with over 30 nations competing.

The competition is held over eight legs and staged in three clusters, the first in Moscow and Paris-Chartres in August, the second in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore in September and October, and the third in Tokyo and Doha in October, culminating in the final event in Dubai in November