Swimming Federation of India announces 32nd Sub Junior & 42nd Junior Glenmark National Aquatic Championships
At Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi Pune from 13th to 19th July, 2015
PUNE, July 6, 2015: Swimming Federation of India (SFI), the governing body of swimming in the country
today announced the 32nd Sub Junior & 42nd Junior Glenmark National Aquatic Championships – 2015. The championships will be organized at the state-of-the-art swimming facility at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune from 13th to 19th July, 2015.
Over 1400 participants representing 28 states from across India are expected to take part in the disciplines of Swimming, Diving and Water Polo in the Sub-Junior (Under 12) and Junior (Under 18) age groups. These championships will also act as the selection trials for the 8th Asian Age Group Swimming Championships.
Announcing the Championships, Kamlesh Nanavati, General Secretary – SFI said “The SFI is proud to organize the 32nd Sub Junior & 42nd Junior Glenmark National Aquatic Championships in a world-class facility like Balewadi with the support of Glenmark Aquatic Foundation. This is a very important swimming event as it will serve as a forum for identifying future international medal winning prospects from our country. We are going to select the team for the 8th Asian Age Group Swimming Championships which will be held in Bangkok. He further added “Swimming has one of the highest medals winning potential in international events like the Olympics, Asian Games or Common Wealth Games”.
To name some of the top Indian Swimmers who are going to participate in this competition are Sandeep Shejwal, Veerdhawal Khade, Aaron D’souza, Saurabh Sangveker, Rohit Halvadar, Aarti Ghorpade etc. said Mr. Nanavati.
Anand Desai, President – Glenmark Aquatic Foundation observed “Our objective is to help transform the eco system of swimming in our country and to put India on the global swimming map. From this standpoint, the Sub Junior and Junior Nationals are extremely critical as talent needs time to blossom and these age group swimmers have time on their side. Let’s hope that we get a few future Olympic medal winners from these boys and girls who will be seen in action in Balewadi, Pune shortly”. He also informed “From the 2015 Championships onwards, we are introducing a special scheme of motivational awards and scholarship grants to encourage and reward prospective swimmers and their coaches based on Swimming Techniques and Time Standards.”
Mr. Abhay Dadhe, President of Maharashtra State AAA said “This year we are conducting both the championship the Sub Junior and Junior Nationals together the reason behind this is the swimmers will get adequate time to rest between the championship and another reason is the swimmers will get chance to witness all the competitions. As we have got the best infrastructure at Pune we will be able to conduct this championship at one time.”
The announcement Press Conference was also attended by Indian supermodel, actor, and film producer – Milind Soman, who also has the distinction of winning the national swimming title for four years in row. Milind highlightedthe positive role of swimming in his life and career and about the benefit of this sport at large. He also stressed on the need of identifying and encouraging talent at an early age so that our swimmers are able to excel on the global stage.
The Opening Ceremony will be organized on the 13th July; while the Closing & Final Prize Distribution Ceremony will be held on the 19 th July at the BalewadiStadium.
Around 100 races, held under FINA rules, will be swum over seven days of these championships. Close to 300 medals are at stake for the athletes in Swimming, Diving and Water Polo events. The host state – Maharashtra along with Karnataka, the two powerhouses in Indian aquatics will bring the largest contingents of over 120 athletes each. There is also a grand trophy for the state winning the maximum points.
SFI & Glenmark Aquatic Foundation alsojointly announced a first of its kind, ‘Glenmark Swim Technique Awards – 2015′, which will reward not only talented swimmers but also his or her respective coaches. 40 athletes (and their coaches) in various age groups for girls and boys will be presented the ‘Glenmark Swim Technique Awards’ which will be adjudicated by an expert panel. In addition, starting from these Championships, Glenmark Aquatic Foundation will also award up to 10 scholarships to young age group swimmers who have the potential for future excellence.
About Swimming Federation of India
The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) is the central governing body for promotion and administration of swimming sport in India. The SFI is affiliated to FINA, the world governing body for the sport.
About Glenmark Aquatic Foundation
Glenmark Aquatic Foundation is a non-profit, CSR initiative of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Purpose of this initiative is to help transform the ecosystem for swimming across our country and put India on the world swimming map.
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