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Abu Dhabi to host 2020 Fina Short Course Worlds

Fina, the global governing body for aquatic sports, has revealed that Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will host the 2020 edition of its Short Course World Swimming Championships.

The announcement, confirmed in a tweet sent from Fina’s official Twitter account today (Wednesday), will mark the second time that the World Swimming Championships (25m)will have taken place in the UAE in the last 10 years, with Dubai having staged the 2010 Championships.

Confirmation of Abu Dhabi as host comes after the city missed out on the 2018 Championships, which Fina awarded to the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The most recent edition of the event took place in Doha, Qatar last year while next year’s Championships are scheduled to take place in Windsor, Canada.

Abu Dhabi has also put its name forward to stage Fina’s World Championships and World Masters Championships in 2021 and 2023. Fina last month said it had received expressions of interest from Argentina (Buenos Aires), Australia (Melbourne/Sydney), China (Nanjing/Wuhan), Germany, Japan (Fukuoka/Tokyo), Turkey (Istanbul) and Qatar (Doha) for its 2021 and 2023 Worlds. Australia and Germany were later removed from this list, with the UAE added in the form of a proposal from Abu Dhabi/Dubai.