The 14th FINA World Championships
Shanghai, China at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center
July 16–31, 2011
The 2011 World Championships will again feature the 5 aquatics disciplines: swimming, water polo, diving, open water, and synchronized swimming.
Portions of these championships will most likely serve as part of the qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The character’s name is Jing Jing. As you can see, it is an anthropomorphic pair of swimming goggles. The name Jing Jing is taken from the Chinese character for crystal (晶) which was chosen to represent the water’s glistening surface.
Furthermore, ‘jing’ is also the Chinese word for ‘gold’—as in gold medal—and sounds similar to the character for ‘progress’ or ‘move forward.’ In short, the name was chosen to embody the spirit of the athletes boldly pushing themselves forward for the gold.
Shanghai 2011 World Aquatics Championship Mascot is Goofy Goggles http://t.co/gPRJ8ik via @RocketNews24En
http://www.shanghai-fina2011.com/en/ -- Official website