Qatar bids for Fina World Championships

The Qatar Olympic Committee has confirmed that it will lodge a bid with Fina, the global governing body for aquatic sports, to host either the 2021 or 2023 edition of the Fina World Championships.

Khaleel Ibraheem Al Jabir, president of the Qatar Swimming Association, said that he is confident that the capital city Doha has the necessary infrastructure to host the major event, which would feature six disciplines.

Qatar hosted the 2014 World Swimming Championships (25m) and Doha’s Aspire Academy complex has been a regular stop on the Fina World Cup series. Qatar also hosted the Festival of Aquatics late last year, which included the Fina World Aquatics Convention, Fina Extraordinary Congress, and the Fina Gold Swimming Coaches Clinic.

Al Jabir added that a successful bid could “bolster Doha’s chances if it decides to enter the race for the 2024 Olympics,” according to a statement on the national committee’s website.

The country, which has never reached the candidate city stage of an Olympic bidding process despite applying for the 2016 and 2020 Games, is also set to host football’s 2022 Fifa World Cup. In January, the national committee said that it would decide on whether to bid for the 2024 Olympics by this September.