For the first time ever, Dubai is set to host the inaugural International Water Polo and Synchronized Swimming Championships, UAE’s Sport 360 online reported on Monday.
The debut event will be held next week at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex, following the opening round of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Dubai last week,
The Championships will include four international standard water polo teams – the Kuwaiti National Team, Greece’s Olympiakos FC, Egypt’s Heliopolis Club, and seven-time European champions, Partizan Raiffeisen from Serbia. They will compete over three days, and play each other once.
Synchronized Swimming Championships feature Greece’s Vouliagmeni Nautical Club, Egypt’s Shooting Club of Egypt and Chinese Junior National Team competing in solo, duet, and team disciplines. It begins on October 11 – 13, from 2 p.m. local time, to 5 p.m., and will be followed by water polo games from 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The competitions are a lead up to the 9th Asian Swimming Championships, also held in Dubai from November 15 to 25.