Our columnist dives in ahead of event and looks forward to the Beach Soccer World Cup
I’m not sure about you, but at this time of the year I think the swimming pool is brilliant. Being outdoors in the water as the sun shines: you can’t beat that.
However, one thing you won’t see in my pool is synchronised swimming. But if you do fancy watching some synchronised action, you’re in for a treat next weekend. History is in the making as the 9th Asian Swimming Championships kick off on Thursday November 15 at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. It will be the third world-class event held at this fantastic facility in less than two months: great news for Dubai.
What’s on offer? Visitors can expect to see all four disciplines from the pool: standard swimming, synchronised swimming, water polo and diving will all be contested. More than 700 competitors from 23 countries will be competing, and a heap of Olympic champions will be on show. See asiaswimmingfederation.org.
The event comes hot on the heels of the recent Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup, which was hosted in Dubai for the second year at a brand new venue at Festival City. The tournament attracted the best teams from each continent. Now that it’s over, attention moves to the World Cup, to be staged in Tahiti in September 2013. The UAE are aiming to secure a place in the tournament at the qualifiers, taking place in Doha in January. The team have qualified for three world cups in the past four years, so they have a good chance. If they do qualify, book your Tahiti trip quick. What a ten-day holiday that would be: beach and soccer rolled into one. Tom Bushell hosts Sport On 7 on City 7 TV (Mon 8pm) and is Arabian Radio Network’s head of sport.
And another thing…
The NFL Superbowl, the pinnacle of US American football, is the most-viewed sporting event on TV. Fans in Dubai will be pleased to know the Emirates American Football League is about to launch in the UAE. The action gets under way on Saturday November 10 at Jebel Ali Shooting Club: the Wildcats play the Barracudas at 3pm, before the Desert Foxes take on the Stallions at 6.30pm. For more info, see www.eafl.ae.