Qatar to field youth

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MOHAMMAD AMIN-UL ISLAM

THE Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) will field a relatively young squad, with Olympians Nada Arakji and Noah Al Khulaifi leading the charge, at the FINA Airweave World Cup on October 8 and 9.

The average age of Qatari swimmers is 15, so competing alongside Olympians and world champions will give the juniors valuable experience.

“We’re happy to field a young squad this year. It’ll be a great experience for them. We wish them luck and hope the World Cup will inspire others to take up the sport,” QSA President Khalil Al Jabir told Doha Stadium Plus.

Noah, 17, who was the youngest Qatari Olympian at August’s Rio Games, hopes to do well.

“It’s going to be a tough field, but I’ll give off my best,” said Noah, who also competed in 50M breaststroke and 400M freestyle events last year.

Two of his brothers — Jacob, 15, and Yousef, 11 — will also be seen in action. 

Nada, 21, one of Qatar’s first female athletes to take part in Olympics, will be another to watch out for as back-to-back Games experience should boost her confidence. 

She competed in 100M butterfly at Rio and looks to build on her experience.

“The Rio experience was great. I want to use that and win a medal for my country,” said Nada, who will try her luck in 50M freestyle and butterfly events. 

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