FINA technical expert Douglas Eagar exuded confidence that Qatar would deliver a successful World Championships in 2023.
“Qatar is focused on developing the sport in the country and region. Doha has some of the world’s best infrastructure. I strongly believe the event will be one of the best,” Eagar, who was the main instructor at a week-long FINA clinic for coaches, told Doha Stadium Plus.
A total of 50 coaches attended the clinic, which had theoretical and practical sessions dealing with the sport’s finer points.
“Qatar has been hosting several important tournaments, including the FINA Airweave World Cup series for the last five years. The country has enough experience to pull off a successful Worlds,” the 65-year-old said.
Eagar, who runs a professional academy in Polokwane, South Africa, was his country’s ace breaststroke swimmer in the 1970s and early 80s.
Olympic gold medallist Lyndon Ferns, who was a part of the triumphant South African men’s 4x100M freestyle relay team at the 2004 Athens Games, is a product of his academy.
“The FINA clinic’s main objective is to provide coaches with basic training through courses in respective disciplines,” said Eagar, who has been a coach for more than three decades.
Meanwhile, Qatar Swimming Association President Khaleel Al Jabir thanked the international federation for providing it with an opportunity to host such a clinic.
“We thank FINA for the trust it has placed in us. We’re honoured to organise this clinic,” said Al Jabir.
On the World Championships, he added, “We’re setting sights on the event. We hope to deliver a spectacular event.”