7th CNS Open Swimming Championship kicks off today in Lagos

By Maduabuchi Kalu on September 22, 2016

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Today, all roads lead to the Swimming Pool Complex of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos, venue of the 7th edition of the annual Chief of Naval Staff Open Swimming Championship. The championship, which suffered many postponements, will see teams from the various states, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Police, etc, compete for honours and various cash prizes at stake.

The flagship swimming event in the calendar of the Nigeria Aquatics Federation (NAF) is expected to attract many dignitaries including the Governor of the host state, Lagos, Akinwunwumi Ambode, and many of the State Executive Council members, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, top naval officers, the President of the Nigeria Aquatics Federation, who doubles as the 2nd Vice President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Babatunde Fatayi Williams, and the members of the board of the Federation.

According the programme of events made available to sportswriters during the press conference to announce the championship at the Sports Bar of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, last Friday, the championship starts today (Thursday) September 22 and runs to Sunday, September 25.

The junior category for secondary school students has been introduced by the federation and the naval authorities having seen the need to discover and train young swimmers who will replace the aging elite swimmers most of whom may soon retire from the sport. The introduction of the junior category in this year’s edition is in line with the vision of the federation and the naval authorities to ensure that no stone is left un-turn for the development of the aquatics sports in the country.

According to the programme of events, 54 events will be competed for during the four-day championship made of 28 individual/4relay races for the senior category and 20 individual/2 relay races for the junior category.    

The morning session featuring the heats will start by 9am and end by 12 noon while the afternoon session will commence by 3:30 p.m. and end by 5:30 p.m. each day.

•Photo shows Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.

Source Daily Sports

Posted September 22, 2016


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