British diving star Tom Daley believes the experience of competing in a home Olympics will stand him in good stead ahead of the Rio Games this summer.
Olympic bronze medalist Daley, who competes in the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2016 starting today in Dubai, recalled the pressures of participating at London 2012.
He said: “Going into the London 2012 Games I will probably never ever feel the amount of pressure at any moment in my life that I did standing at the 10-metre board with 18,000 people watching and millions watching at home expecting me to pop into the water and come away with a medal.
“So going into this year, it’s completely different, it’s four years on, a lot more experience.
“I am excited about the Olympics this year, there are a lot of competitions before that and the World Series, every year gets better and better and the standard gets higher and higher.”
Daley will be joined by a field of 68 world-class competitors from 12 countries in the World Series today, tomorrow and Saturday at Hamdan Sports Complex.
One diver in action is 2015 world champion Italian Tania Cagnotto who despite feeling unwell will be looking for a strong performance in Dubai as part of the lead-up to Rio.
Cagnotto said: “These events are really good practice for us before the Olympics, I really like these events as we compete against some of the best in the world.
“I am not very well right now but I hope to recover before the competition.”
The event kicks off on Thursday with the 10m platform synchro finals for men and women from 10am-12pm. The opening ceremony takes place at 5pm and action continues until 8pm.
Tickets cost Dhs50, free for children under-18, and are available on the door at Hamdan Sports Complex.