Dubai : The local organising committee for the 10th Fina World Swimming Championship has got the green signal from the world governing body for swimming.
A two-member delegation from Fina visited Dubai last week and was pleased with the work going on with the Dubai Sports Complex coming up off the Emirates Road near Dubailand.
Fina's executive manager Cornel Marculescu and marketing manager Peter Hall visited the 15,000-seater complex and expressed satisfaction that construction work was way ahead of schedule.
The complex is expected to be operational before summer, and as per international regulations, will have to host an event as a test run to the main competition.
Marculescu expressed his satisfaction that the complex would be ready way ahead of schedule. "This complex will alter a lot of things for swimming, not only in the UAE but in the entire Gulf region," the Fina official told DSC personnel accompanying him.
"I am sure Dubai will set a new standard for the sport at large and for this competition in particular," he added.
Dubai will play host to the 10th Fina Swimming World (25m) Championship from December 15-19 this year with more than 130 countries expected to participate.
The two-member Fina delegation met Mattar Al Tayer, Vice-President, Dubai Sports Council (DSC), before visiting the complex. The delegation was accompanied by DSC General Secretary Dr Ahmad Sa'ad Al Sharif and organising committee members Obaid Salem and Nasser Al Rahma.