Qatar Swimming Association President Khaleel Al-Jabir addresses participants at the OCA/IOC Olympic Solidarity Swimming Youth Camp at Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha.. © OCACouncil News
Date : 07 Nov 2019
Doha, Qatar, November 7, 2019: The President of the Qatar Swimming Association Khaleel Al-Jabir paid fulsome tribute to the Olympic Council of Asia for being the force behind the nine-day Asian Swimming Youth Camp which began on Wednesday at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha.
Al-Jabir, who is also the Sports Director at Qatar Olympic Committee, said the OCA-backed camp held in conjunction with the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity, would give 66 young swimmers from 33 Asian National Olympic Committees the opportunity “to learn from the best”.
The Qatari swim chief said the OCA’s timing of the youth camp was astute, pointing out that as it coincided with the FINA Swimming World Cup Doha 2019, which gets underway on Thursday, November 7, it would give the future generation of stars from Asia the chance to watch and learn.
“This is a good opportunity to witness world-class swimmers in action, athletes like Chad le Clos, Cate Campbell, Katinka Hosszu. These are big stars, multiple gold medallists, and seeing them in action will be a huge learning experience for these young kids at the Youth Camp,” Al-Jabir stressed.
A total of 210 swimmers – 134 male and 76 female – from 44 countries are taking part in the November 7-9 Swimming World Cup, the final leg of the seven-stop circuit.
While the boys and girls, all under 17 years, participating at the OCA Asian Swimming Youth Camp will have their hands full with three-hour training sessions morning and afternoon, they will also witness the current crop of champions in action at Hamad Aquatic Centre.
“Watching the top stars swim will be part of their learning experience and it is opportune that this camp is taking place now,” Al-Jabir said.
The QSA President was welcomed and introduced to the youngsters by course instructor Pierre Lafontaine, the former Canadian Olympic swimming team head coach.
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