More than 130 swimmers from 34 countries will compete in the first leg of the Fina/Arena Swimming world cup, hosted by Dubai on Tuesday, a UAE daily reported.
The event comes in the form of an eight leg series. Following Dubai, the competition will move to Doha, Stockholm, Moscow, Berlin, Beijing and Tokyo before the finals in Singapore, the Gulf News reported.
International swimming pros will compete, featuring in this category are three Olympic gold medalists, 11 world record holders and ten current world champions.
“Some of the top swimmers will be in Dubai over the next three days and it would be a treat for any sporting fan to come and take in the action,” UAE Swimming Association Chief Ahmed al-Falasi was quoted as saying.
The opening session in Dubai, scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday, will see swimmers from traditional sporting powerhouses like the U.S., Australia, Germany, China and Russia.
The Fina/Arena Swimming world cup is contested in a 25 meter pool and sees both men and women vying for prize money in each of the 36 events.
The prize money on offer includes bonuses for world records, and a $100,000 award to the overall winner at the end of the series.