GCC Aquatics Championships to begin on Thursday


DOHA- The 28th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Aquatics Championships, organized by the Qatar Swimming Association, will kicks off on Thursday at Hamad Aquatics Centre with the participation of six Gulf countries.


The event’s competitions, which will be held from Aug. 19 to 22, will include three aquatic sports: swimming, diving and water polo. All competitions will be held in accordance with the laws of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) and the regulations of the technical committee of the organizing committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council.


The swimming competitions will include the general stages of the age groups (11-12, 13-14, 15-17 years old), and the 10 years old, as the races for the age groups will be held Thursday and Friday, while the public and ten-year races will be held on Saturday and Sunday.


The first day’s competition program will include 24 races. The 800m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 400m medley, 100m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle races will be held in the morning for the 15-17 year category, 50m freestyle, 200m medley, 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke for class 13 -14 years age, and 50m freestyle, 200m medley and 100m butterfly for the 11-12 year category, while the evening session will witness the 400 m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m breaststroke, 200m backstroke, 4 x 100m freestyle races for the 15-17 year category, and 400m freestyle 50m butterfly, 100m breaststroke and 4 x 100m for 13-14 years, 50m butterfly, 100m breaststroke and 4 x 100m freestyle for 11-12 years.


Diving competitions also will be held for the age groups (11 years and below, 13 years and below, 14-15 years, and the public), while water polo competitions will be held for the age group 18 years and below.


The Qatari teams have completed their preparations for the tournament, where the swimming and water polo teams joined two camps in Bulgaria, while the diving team set up a training camp in Belarus.


The three teams seek to achieve results that reflect the development of the level of Qatari water sports and their prominent presence in the Gulf championships where the Qatari team won first place for the age groups completions in the last four editions of the tournament.


The last edition of the GCC Aquatics Championships was held in Kuwait in 2019, in which the Qatari team won the title of the age groups after winning 34 medals, including 17 gold, in addition to 10 silver and 7 bronze medals. They also won 9 medals (7 gold, a silver and a bronze) in the general stage competitions, and 4 medals (a gold and 3 bronze) in the ten-year stage.


The 28th GCC Aquatics Championships was scheduled for last year 2020, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the GCC Swimming Organizing Committee decided to delay all the championships included in the 2020 calendar to be held this year.


Source: Qatar Olympic Committee