UAE dignitaries presented a trophy to FINA VIPs in a special lunch celebrating the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) on the beachfront at Dubaiâ€™s Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
His Excellency, Mattar al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Sports Council awarded trophies to FINA President Dr Julio Maglione and FINA Honorary Life President Mustapha Larfaoui.
Dr Khalid al Zahed told the VIP gathering, â€œHis Excellency Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid told me it was one of the best opening ceremonies and venues in the world. We look forward to a long relationship with the World Swimming Federation.
â€œDubai has already broken records with the number of swimmers and swimming federations we have at the Championships,â€ said Dr Khalid Al Zahed.
â€œIn Arabic we have a saying, â€˜you can understand a book from the first pageâ€™ â€“ and from the start the Championships have seen a wonderful opening ceremony and a very nice surprise world record from the Womenâ€™s Chinese 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay team.â€
Two more world records fell on the evening of day two when Ryan Lochte claimed the menâ€™s 400m individual medley in a new fastest time of
Tickets to the Championships are available at the door, at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex, located on Dubai Bypass Road (E611).