Chairman, Organising Committee of the President Muhammadu Buhari National Open Water Swimming Championship, Kabiru Gaya has announced details of the championship.
Speaking on Tuesday in Abuja, Kabiru Gaya revealed that about 26 states have registered for the championship but the organising committee is yet to decide on the number of athletes a state would feature.
The championship slated to hold this January at the Jabi Lake waterfront would feature athletes who are 17 and above.
Gaya said; “The competition is going to be for people from 17 and above. We cannot allow athletes who are under-16 because we do not have a programme for them.”
He adds that the conditions, as well as the rules, for qualification and participation in the event have been made available to the states’ Sports Councils.
The Chairman said the technical team of the Nigeria Aquatics Federation has approved that the competition be held at the Jabi Lake, and has been endorsed by the Nigeria Aquatics Federation and JOSDAN Global Peace Foundation.
The objective of the event is to raise a pool of responsive young Nigerian swimmers who will use swimming as a springboard to lead healthy, purposeful and patriotic lives into adulthood.
It is also aimed at discovering hidden talents, breeding future stars and professionals who will represent Nigeria in international swimming competitions, as well as help to engage youths productively, promote cohesion, national peace, unity and security.
In other news, Nigerian international Wilfred Ndidi is set to be signed up by Premier League champions Leicester from his Belgian club Genk to fill the gap left by the influential N’Golo Kante.
Ndidi has agreed to a five-and-a-half-year contract and his move for a reported £15 million ($18 million, 17 million euros) will be officially rubber-stamped once a work permit is granted.
The 20-year-old has already undergone a medical at Leicester and hopes to complete his move to the King Power Stadium later this week.