16 December 2021; ABU DHABI (UAE) – On 15 December, seven accredited participants at the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) tested positive for COVID-19. 

Following the FINA COVID-19 event protocols and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Department of Health (DOH) rules, the accredited participants with positive COVID-19 results were removed from the event and placed in strict quarantine.   

According to DOH protocols, athletes positive with COVID-19 will not have the opportunity to compete at the FINA World Swimming Championships and the FINA Aquatics Festival in Abu Dhabi. 

All persons entering the UAE had to have a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. Those entering the country had to subsequently produce a second negative PCR test result upon arrival. 

The competition and training venues used in the FINA competitions have implemented strict health and safety rules, including vaccination and PCR test requirements, health screenings, mandatory face mask use and rigorous sanitation measures.  Safety remains our priority.

The 15th FINA World Swimming Championships run from 16-21 December. The FINA Aquatics Festival runs from 15-20 December with the Aquatics disciplines of Diving, High Diving and Open Water Swimming.