Indian swimmers lap up best wishes from community in Qatar | FINA World Swimming Championships 2019
The Indian Embassy has warmly welcomed and extended best wishes to the Indian team taking part in the FINA World Swimming Championships 2019 currently underway in Doha.
The Embassy tweeted: Embassy of India welcomes the Indian Swimming Team participating in the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 in Doha. Wishing all the swimmers and officials the best of luck for a successful campaign.
Several other community leaders and well-wishers have also shown their support to the Indian swim team by extending best wishes on their community website pages and a sizeable number are expected to the attend the Hamad Aquatic Centre, Aspire Zone where the event is being held – this will be the eighth consecutive year for Doha to host a FINA Swimming World Cup event.
Viradhawal Khade probably one of the best known modern Indian swimmers is part of the team. Hailing from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, Virdhawal is an Arjuna Awardee of 2011.
He represented India in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, competing in the men’s 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle swimming events. Although he did his best setting a new Indian national record in the 100 m Freestyle, Khade couldn’t qualify for the further rounds.
In 2010, India won the first Olympic medal in 24 years, thanks to Virdhawal’s bronze in the 50m butterfly category.
Qatar first staged the 2014 World Swimming Championships, and will host the 2023 FINA World Aquatics Championships, is organising the World Cup meet for the eighth year in a row. Doha is the last meet of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 series, involving seven cities.
This year, the event has witnessed a significant rise in the number of participating athletes and countries, as 210 swimmers – 134 male and 76 female swimmers – from 44 countries are competing.
The three-day meet which started yesterday has 34 sets of medal, with the opening day featuring 10 finals. A total of 12 title races each will be held during the remaining two days. The heats will take place from 10:00am while the finals will start from 6:00pm.
QatarIndians wished the Indian Swimming Team all the very best!