National Aquatics Center launches youth short course invitational

By Zhu Bochen
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A photo taken on Sept. 9 shows the swimming pool of the 2023 Water Cube Youth Short Course Invitational at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing. [Photo provided to]

The 2023 Water Cube Youth Short Course Invitational commenced at the National Aquatics Center, a dual-Olympic venue in Beijing, on Sept. 9. Around 1,800 teenage swimmers, aged 6 to 14, from 53 swimming clubs nationwide competed in 200 individual and team events.

The venue underwent facility upgrades to ensure the seamless hosting of the event. Its original Olympic- standard 50-meter pool has been converted into a 25-meter pool for the short course competition. All amenities, including lane lines, floating docks, and timing systems, as well as water quality, adhere to the standards set by World Aquatics (formerly known as FINA). Furthermore, the water temperature has been slightly increased for the comfort of the young participants.

Athletes compete during the 2023 Water Cube Youth Short Course Invitational at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing, Sept. 9, 2023. [Photo provided to]

To ensure fair competition, expertise from the referee team of the Beijing Swimming Association has been enlisted. Additionally, a dedicated area is in place for dispute resolution.

As part of the venue's "Water Cube Youth Swimming Series," this short course invitational event aims to provide teenagers with a platform that meets global competition standards.

Short course swimming is one of the key global competitions under World Aquatics. It encompasses a myriad of events, demanding enhanced leg skills and agility, particularly in turning and touch techniques. Between 2010 and 2018, the National Aquatics Center proudly hosted nine consecutive branch races of the FINA Short Course Swimming World Cup.

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