The most prominent of them is the Tunisian Olympic champion Ahmed El Hefnaoui

174 swimmers compete for Arab Championship titles in Abu Dhabi

20 male and female swimmers represent the national team in the tournament.

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Today, Abu Dhabi is witnessing the launch of the first Arab swimming championship for all age groups (25 meters), and it will be organized in the Mohammed bin Zayed City swimming pool, which is witnessing the organization of the first official championship since its opening in 2019.

The opening will be witnessed by Dr. Hussein Al Musallam, President of the International Swimming Federation, Aref Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Taha Al Koshary, President of the Arab Swimming Federation, Sultan Al Samahi, President of the Swimming Federation, and a large number of heads of Arab swimming federations, and senior officials. And competing for the championship titles, 174 swimmers from 16 Arab countries, in addition to the participation of 20 swimmers representing the UAE. Among the most prominent Arab stars participating is the Tunisian Olympic champion Ahmed Al-Hafnawi, the gold medalist of the Tokyo Olympics.

On the sidelines of the championship, which continues until the 27th of this month, the meeting of the general assembly and the meeting of the board of directors of the Arab Federation will be held on the 25th of this month.

It is qualified for the World Aquatics Championships to be held in Abu Dhabi next December.

The head of the Swimming Federation, Sultan Al-Samahi, told «Emirates Today»: Abu Dhabi will be a witness to the largest gathering of Arab swimming after a long pause.

He praised the great efforts made by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, headed by His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in facing all challenges and succeeding in hosting the tournament, which will be the best preparation to welcome the world swimming family in the next world championship.

from the tournament

■ The team participates with 20 swimmers and swimmers in the age groups, while Omar Al Hammadi represents the Emirates in the general category.

On the other hand, the absence of the team's swimmer, Laila Al-Khatib, who was crowned with three gold medals in the last Arab championship in Morocco, was confirmed because she was subjected to a special preparation program in Britain.

■ The Egyptian national team for adults is absent from the tournament, as it attended only 14-15 years old, due to the late return of the Egyptian team to the general public from the African Championship that was held in Ghana.

■ The International Federation has approved the first Arab championship for the 25-meter age groups, to qualify for the World Aquatics Championships to be held in Abu Dhabi next December.

■ The presence of the Tunisian Olympic gold medalist Ahmed El Hefnawi, the gold medalist of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, witnessed a special reception, and the organizing committee is scheduled to hold a special press conference for him.

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