World Aquatics reveals exciting Egypt Aquatics Festival for May 2023
The Egypt Aquatics Festival – a new multi-aquatics event bringing together the Artistic Swimming World Cup, Open Water Swimming World Cup, and beach water polo qualification tournament for the ANOC World Beach Games Bali 2023 – is coming to the Egyptian beach resort of Hurghada this May.
Following the success of the inaugural Aquatics Festival that ran in parallel with the World Swimming Championships – Abu Dhabi 2021, World Aquatics is excited to announce the addition of the Egypt Aquatics Festival to the 2023 international aquatics season.
Set to take place in Hurghada along Egypt’s Red Sea coast, the world’s top artistic swimmers, open water swimmers and beach water polo teams will compete in the beautiful Soma Bay from 8-15 May 2023.
The Egypt Aquatics Festival will get underway with the World Aquatics Open Water Swimming World Cup on 8-9 May as the open water swimming elite compete in the men’s and women’s 10km and 4x1500m relay events.
With beach water polo making its debut at the ANOC World Beach Games Bali 2023 later this year, the Egypt Aquatics Festival includes a final tournament for men’s and women’s national teams to qualify for the multi-sport event.
The World Aquatics World Beach Games Qualifier will see the men’s and women’s teams compete in Hurghada from 12-15 May and try to qualify for the final three spots for Bali 2023 on 5-12 August 2023.
So far, medallists from the men’s and women’s water polo tournaments at the World Aquatics Championships – Budapest 2022, and the winners of five continental beach water polo championships, alongside the host country Indonesia, have qualified their countries to the twelve-team beach water polo tournament at the Bali 2023.
For open water swimming at the ANOC World Beach Games, the men’s and women’s 5km racesfrom the Budapest 2022 world championships were the selection events.
Completing the elite competitions at the Egypt Aquatics Festival will be the third stop of the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cup which will run alongside the beach water polo tournament on 13-15 May.
Originally scheduled for Cairo, Egypt from 28-30 April, the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cup moved to Hurghada to capitalise on bringing together a bigger collection of world class aquatics athletes for the benefit of the competition, teams and fans alike.