The Information Bulletin for the World Aquatics Masters Championships officially kicks off the march to Doha, with key event dates, eligibility rules for competition, training venues, accommodation details, transportation, and cultural and social programmes that will run alongside the competitions.  

About the World Aquatics Masters Championships | The World’s Top Older Athletes Are Coming to Doha 

Image Source: Swimmers prepare to start a 5km Open Water Swim at Katara Beach in Doha, Qatar. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Approximately 10,000 competitors from 100 countries are expected to take part in the World Masters Championships (23 February – 3 March 2024), only a few days after the end of the World Aquatics Championships for elite competitors. 

Master athletes compete across five aquatics sports: swimming, diving, water polo, artistic swimming and open water swimming across four different competition venues. 

The event also aims to provide an attractive environment where participants can enjoy not only the competitions but also their stay in Qatar.  

Doha | An Experienced Host Awaits 

Image Source: Men's 1500m Freestyle Final gets underway at the 2014 World Swimming Championships (25m) at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha, Qatar (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Doha, the capital of Qatar, is an experienced host city for major aquatics events with venues, an exciting setting and an Organizing Committee that gives athletes the optimum conditions to compete at their best. 

Doha has successfully organized several World Aquatics events in the past, including the acclaimed World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2014, as well as World Cup events in swimming, open water swimming, diving and artistic swimming, Doha has a proven record of delivering outstanding competitions and providing world-class facilities for athletes and fans alike.  

Now, with the World Aquatics Masters Championships coming to town, we are excited to give our older age-group competitors the experience of competing here.   

World Class in Every Way | Competition Venues 

Image Source: Team Kuwait and Team Uzbekistan compete in the 4X200m freestyle relay at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha, Qatar. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The world-class Aspire Dome, Hamad Aquatic Centre, Old Doha Port and the Al Sadd Sports Complex are ready to welcome masters athletes and provide them with perfect conditions for competition. The event will also use pool facilities at Qatar University and the Qatar Foundation as training venues.  

When & Where | Event Registration and Competition Schedule 

Image Source: Canadian artistic swimmers at the World Aquatics Masters Championships - Budapest 2017 (World Aquatics)

Athlete registration will open on 19 October 2023 and run through 16 January 2023. Registration will take place on the World Aquatics GMS (General Management System) platform 

All information about event registration and the competition schedules is included in the Information Bulletin, including entry times.  

Sport Manuals will be realised by the end of 2023. These will include detailed information on each of the sports.  

In the meantime, future participants can discover this captivating country that blends tradition with modernity on the Discover Qatar event page  

Travel Information 

Image Source: World Masters athletes enjoying the scenes outside the pool in Riccione, Italy during the 2012 event (World Aquatics)

Qatar offers world-class accommodations and is renowned for its warm hospitality. To help athletes, teams and their families have an unforgettable experience in Doha, the local organisers will create an event Accommodation Guide which will be available in the coming weeks. 

For a full list of countries eligible for visa-free entry, click here 

Click here to find out more about the entry requirements to Qatar that follow the Qatar government’s latest guidance.   

Competition Requirements 

Image Source: Diving at the 2012 World Aquatics Championships (World Aquatics)

All competitions at the World Aquatics Masters Championships will follow the prevailing World Aquatics Rules and Regulations during the event dates.  

We highly recommend that you visit both the World Aquatics Masters Championships - Doha 2024 event page and the official Doha 2024 event website to stay on top of the latest updates. 

We Hope to See You in Doha | A Welcome Message from the World Aquatics President 

Image Source: World Aquatics President Husain Al Musallam speaks at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“I hope you will join me in cheering on the incredible athletic performances. I also hope you will take some time to experience the beautiful Qatari culture and warm hospitality during your stay. To the athletes, please accept our best wishes for your competitions. We will be cheering you on from the stands while working to provide the excellent conditions your hard work and talent merit!” 

- World Aquatics President Husain Al Musallam