DOHA: Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) is all set for another spectacular edition of Doha Open Water Challenge which will be on Doha’s iconic Corniche, near Orry the Oryx Statue on February 15.
The Doha Open Water Challenge, open to the public, will be organised on the sidelines of a high-profile FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series Doha (QAT) 2019.
The Qatari capital, first of the eight stops in the prestigious series, will see top long-distance swimmers competing on February 16.
In the Doha Open Water Challenge, all the Qatari residents above 11 years old can participate.
The competition is aimed at giving the public an opportunity to experience what it is like to be an elite athlete.
“The Open Water Challenge is a FINA competition organised one day earlier from the Marathon, inviting the amateur swimmers of all ages (11 and older) to race, experience, interact with the best swimmers,” said QSA President Khaleel Al Jabir.
Meanwhile, the Organising Committee is making all-out efforts to ensure maximum participation and best arrangements for the event.
The number of participants in this year’s competition is expected to go higher due to an overwhelming response.
There are over 200 swimmers and officials from 24 countries who have already confirmed their participation.
The top-ranked swimmers in women’s line-up include 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalist, Sharon Van Rouwendaal (NED), Rio Olympic Silver Medalist Rachele Bruni (ITA) and Arianna Bridi (ITA), the 2018 European Aquatics Championships Gold Medalist in the 25 km open water.