The Lagos State Aquatic Association has disclosed that five swimmers are to represent the country At the African Championships later this year.
The swimmers who are from Lagos, Delta and Edo states, qualified at the West African trials in Senegal, in June, where team Nigeria came third.
Chairman of the association, Samuel Jasimiel, made this known on Wednesday while hailing the athletes for their performance at the qualifiers despite the challenge of inadequate facilities in the country.
Jasimiel said the representatives were drawn from the open trial that was conducted at Teslim Balogun Stadium in April and were able to secure third place in the competition in Senegal.
The association Chairman however lamented that they were financially constrained and unable to camp the swimmers now because they were yet to receive financial allocation from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Stadium, Lagos Swimming Pool, is not ready.
The athletes who qualified to represent the country at the African Championships have since gone back to their different states to continue their private training, but will be called to camp as soon as funds are released.
Recall that in May, the Nigerian Swimming Federation (NSF) had chosen 10 swimmers to represent the country at the CANA Zone Two Championship slated for May 27 in Dakar, Senegal.
Jasimiel also disclosed that the proposed national swimming competition, formerly slated for Cross River in June, had been withdrawn from the state.
He said Cross Rivers will not be hosting the tournament as announced before because their swimming pool is not ready.
A proposal for another state to host the event has been put forward. Jasimiel says the state’s commissioner for sports is ready to host, and they are waiting for the governor’s approval.