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SLASU Hosts South Asian Aquatic Championship 2016

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Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) will host the inaugural South Asian Aquatic Championship (SAAC) from 18th – 23rd October 2016 in Colombo with the participation of seven (7) South Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. SLASU received the nod to host the SAAC 2016 when the heads of the above National Federations met during the 12th South Asian Games 2016 in India.

The SAAC which would follow the “Asian Age Group Aquatic Championship” model is expected to be conducted every 2 years from 2016 onwards to provide experience for the age group athletes from the South Asian Countries.

The 2016 edition of the SAAC will feature Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Open Water Swimming, which are part of the Olympic program as well. The Championship will commence with the opening ceremony scheduled on the 18th October at the Sugathadasa National Swimming Pool Complex with Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera, Minister of Sports gracing the occasion as the chief guest.

The schedule of the championship will be as follows;

Swimming – 3 Age Groups – 19th – 22nd October – Sugathadasa Swimming Pool Complex

Diving – 4 Age Groups – 19th – 22nd October – Sugathadasa Swimming Pool Complex

Water Polo – Under 20 – 18th – 22nd October – Sugathadasa Swimming Pool Complex

Open Water Swimming – Open 23rd October  – Sea of Galleface

Over 400 top athletes across all age categories and aquatic sports from the South Asian countries have confirmed their participation including 160 athletes from Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan team will comprise of approximately 85 swimmers, 25 divers, 30 water polo players and 20 open water swimmers. Moreover, the athletes expected to compete in the five-day championship will feature an early look at young athletes who will vie for positions on their respective nations’ Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games rosters.

“We’re very excited to welcome the next generation of champions to Sri Lanka for such a significant international competition. This is a showcase event for the future of aquatic sports in our country and an important step in the lives of younger athletes,” said president of the SLASU, Jayantha Gamage.

The General Secretary of SLASU, Migara Gunatilaka was certain that “These young athletes will grab this opportunity to gain international experience and prepare their successful entry in the elite world.” Further he added that “We believe these are the champions from our region who will shine at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

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This championship was made possible by the unstinted support given by the Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera, Minister of Sports and all the officials from the Ministry of Sports. SLASU further believes that SAAC 2016 will provide the launching platform for the “Road to 2020” vision for Sports in Sri Lanka initiated by the Minister of Sports himself.

The official partners of the South Asian Aquatic Championship will be as follows;

- Fonterra Brands Lanka Private Limited Main Sponsor
– Glory Swim Shop Private Limited Officials Swimwear provider
– Knorr Official Food Partner
– Pureit Official Water Supplier
– DSI Foot Wear Official Flip Flop Provider
SLASU extends an open invitation to the public to attend and witnessed this historic moment in Aquatic Sports in Sri Lanka.

About Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union

The Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) is the national body for the administration, promotion and regulation of the aquatic sports: swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming which are all featured in the Olympic Program. The National body administers 24 Ordinary Member clubs and over 200 novice clubs and registered participating institutions.

 

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