Nahim and Mayfara unveiled as mascots of 2024 World Aquatics Championships
Nahim, a playful whale shark, and Mayfara, a walking, talking, smiling coral, were unveiled as the official mascots of the 2024 FINA World Aquatics Championships, which will be held in Doha from February 2 to 18.
The welcoming and fun-loving mascots are intimately tied to Qatar’s heritage and represent the inclusivity of the World Aquatics Championships and its commitment to promoting sustainability.
Whale sharks, one of the biggest fishes in the world, are commonly found in the safety of Qatari waters. Nahim, a gentle giant who is also funny and friendly, will be on hand to entertain the crowd and ensure everyone feels welcome in Doha.
Mayfara — with a family of clownfish living in her fringe anemone and a laid-back starfish on her forehead — reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the coral ecosystem.
A great team player, Mayfara will raise awareness about the importance of protecting our oceans and help light up the 2024 World Aquatics Championships.
Sheikha Asma bint Thani Al Thani, Director of Marketing and Communications at Doha 2024’s Opening and Closing Ceremonies Committee, said it was a happy moment for them.
“We’re excited to introduce Nahim and Mayfara as official mascots of Doha 2024. Together, they embody our passion for aquatic sports and our commitment to ensuring that Doha 2024 is an unforgettable celebration for all. We want everyone visiting Doha to have an exceptional time — from watching the world’s best athletes compete, to experiencing Qatar’s wealth of history, culture and entertainment,” she said.
“Nahim and Mayfara will engage and entertain thousands of athletes and fans from over 190 countries. They’ll also have an important role to play in promoting the importance of sustainable action. Whale sharks and coral reefs are integral to the health of Qatar’s waters and are a reminder that it’s only through working together that we can bring about meaningful change,” she added.
The Aspire Dome, Old Doha Port and the Hamad Aquatics Centre will be the three venues that will host the 2024 World Aquatics Championships.
FINA’s flagship event will be travelling to Qatar for the very first time. The Qatari capital city had successfully hosted multiple World Aquatics events in recent years, including the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25M) in 2014, nine editions of the FINA Swimming World Cup, four FINA Marathon Swim World Series events and a FINA Diving World Series event in 2009.
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