Good news for swimming enthusiasts! Qatar is set out to host the 28th Aquatics Championships next August, following the committee’s decision to delay the tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Qatar was chosen to host the 2021 GCC Aquatics Championships after the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] swimming organising committee postponed tournaments scheduled for 2020 to 2021.
Four months from now, the 16th swimming championship in the short course will be set to start, according to the committee. The schedule is based on the 18th open water swimming championship that will be held in October 2021.
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Recently, the GCC swimming organising committee held a virtual meeting to discuss the delay of the tournament, in addition to key points of the programme and activities for the year 2021.
That meeting was headed by Chairman of Oman Swimming Association (OSA) and Taha bin Sulaiman Al Kashari, chairman of Arab Swimming.
During the meeting, Muhammad Al Sahili, in charge of the work of the technical expert at the OSA, was chosen to be the technical coordinator for the organising committee.
In the last tournament, Qatar won 34 medals at the 27th GCC Aquatics Championships, which was held in Kuwait.
The team went home with 17 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 7 bronze medals.
The announcement comes despite a major ongoing GCC crisis that was triggered by a land, air and sea blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.