Qatar is very passionate about aquatic sport: Sheikh Joaan

Qatar is very passionate about aquatic sport: Sheikh Joaan

By QLSports

His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), on Saturday reiterated Qatar’s commitment to promoting aquatic sport globally.

“Qatar is a country that is very passionate about aquatics. We had the honor of hosting the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2014. And of course, we are preparing to host the FINA World Aquatics Championships & World Masters Championships in 2023," HE Sheikh Joaan said at the International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) General Congress at the Sheraton Hotel Doha.

“We have no doubt hosting these events will only strengthen our love of your sport and inspire the next generation.”

HE President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, HE Second Vice-President of QOC Dr Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, HE QOC Secretary-General Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain, FINA President Julio Maglione, President of the International Handball Federation Dr Hassan Mustafa, President of the Qatar Swimming Association Khalil Al Jaber, FINA members, and representatives of the swimming continental and national federations were also in attendance at the General Congress.

Sheikh Joaan welcomed the attendees, expressing his thanks and gratitude to FINA for granting Qatar the right to host the General Congress.

“This is the world we are all living in at the moment and we must continue to take every precaution to protect our health and the health of those around us. But as you, at FINA, are showing, this does not mean we have to stand still,” HE President of QOC added.

“There is still a lot of excellent work we can do and I am sure the decisions you take today will contribute to the future development of your sport.”

“Of course, this is a particularly important meeting as you elect your new President, Vice Presidents, and Bureau members. We wish all those standing the very best of luck.”

“Current President Julio Maglione who has served FINA with distinction over the last 12 years. He leaves FINA in a very strong position...And he has given the future leadership an excellent foundation to build from,” His Excellency added.

FINA President Dr Julio Maglione honored HE QOC President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani in appreciation of the support and efforts of His Excellency and the State of Qatar hosting many FINA events and tournaments.

Also, FINA President honored HE QOC Secretary-General Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain and President of the Qatar Swimming Association Khalil Al Jaber.

In the opening speech of the General Congress, FINA President Julio Maglione expressed his happiness to be in Doha, which always hosts the FINA family with great hospitality, noting that despite the COVID-19 challenges, everyone is happy to be there.

Maglione congratulated Hussein Al Muslim for his election as the new FINA President. He thanked all the national federations for participating in the General Congress, whether by attendance or via videoconferencing.

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach said that this meeting comes about 48 days before the Olympic Games, which are being prepared to be held safely for all participants, explaining that holding of the Olympics under the current circumstances is a message to the world to deal with these unprecedented circumstances.

The President of the International Olympic Committee valued the efforts of the FINA, thanking Maglione in his last meeting as chair of FINA for his efforts and work to add value to the game.

OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad stressed the importance of Qatar hosting the FINA General Congress, noting that it represents an important step for the future of aquatics.

The General Congress ratified the President’s report and the decisions issued by the FINA Council and approved the agenda for the meeting and the financial report.

It was also agreed to add four members representing the hosting countries for the upcoming world championships, including the President of the Qatar Swimming Association Khalil Al Jaber.

Kuwait's Husain Al Musallam elected FINA president

Husain Al Musallam was elected as president of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) at the governing body’s Congress in Doha on Saturday.

The election of the Kuwaiti official was a formality after Al Musallam was confirmed as the only candidate for the position.

Al Musallam moves into the top job after serving as the FINA first vice-president under Julio Maglione, who has stepped down as FINA President after 12 years in the role.

The election of Al Musallam, who was nominated by the Asia Swimming Federation, was confirmed by the Congress.

The Congress was held in a hybrid format to allow members to attend either in person in the Qatari capital Doha or connect virtually. A total of 319 votes were cast by FINA members in the Presidential election.

Al Musallam received 302 votes in favor, with seven candidates voting against his election and 10 abstentions.

“You are looking at the proudest and most humble man in Doha,” Al Musallam said.

“Thank you for putting your trust in me. I will not let you down. Today is the start of a new journey for the aquatics family together.

“It is the culmination of a lifetime voyage for me and the honor of being elected your President,” he stressed.

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