The Bahrain Swimming Association (BSA) has announced a pair of young three-member teams that will be taking part in two world championship events in the coming months.
The kingdom is set to be represented at the 18th Fina World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea from July 12 to 28, and also at the seventh World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary from August 20 to 25.
Both events are being organised by and run by the Federation Internationale de Natation (Fina).
Following a meeting at the BSA headquarters at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, it was decided that three of Bahrain’s top swimmers will be competing in each meeting.
At the worlds, set to fly the kingdom’s flag are Abdulla Isa (17 years old), Omar Abdulla (16), and Alaa bin Rajab (15).
Omar will be swimming in both the men’s 50 metres backstroke and 100m backstroke, while Abdulla will be taking part in the men’s 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly.
Alaa, meanwhile, will be competing in the women’s 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle.
For the world juniors, Bahrain is sending the team of Abdullah Khalid (16), Ali Alalawi (15) and Noor Yousif (14) to the competition.
Ali will be contesting the boys’ 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle, while Abdullah will be swimming in the boys’ 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke. Noor will be joining both the girls’ 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.
The selections were confirmed by BSA general secretary Ahmed Abdul Ghaffar.
The World Aquatics Championships is the leading international competition under Fina for the sports of swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo. It is held every two years. The first-ever event was in 1973 in the US.
The world junior championships is the premier global competition under Fina for boys aged 15 to 18 and girls aged 14 to 17. It is held biennially, with the first event in 2006 in Brazil.