By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
The 8th Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) National Swimming Championship commenced on Thursday at the Olympic sized swimming pool of National Stadium Surulere, Lagos with 16 states, as well as military, para-military and clubs competing for laurels.
Speaking while flagging off the championship, Chief of Naval Staff, who was represented by the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji noted that the Navy is organising the championship to produce future champions in water sports even as he commended the Nigeria Aquatic Federation and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development for their efforts in developing swimming in the country.
“The Nigerian Navy is organising this championship in order to sensitise the public and create the much required interest in swimming as well as produce athletes that will win laurels for the country at international championships and the next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“I’m proud that since the introduction of the championship, many talented swimmers have been discovered who have gone ahead to win laurels for the country and we will sustain the championship”, he said.
Rear Admiral Daji while commending Lagos State Government for hosting the championship, urged the swimmers to exhibit high sense of sportsmanship as they fight for honours in the three day event.
Some of the competing states, military, para-military and clubs include, Lagos, Edo, Ogun, Delta, Rovers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Gombe, Kaduna, Oyo and Ondo.
Others are Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Police, Navy Sailing Club, Nigeria Security and Civil Detence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Fire Service, Ikoyi Club as well as University of Ibadan and University of Ife.
A total of 28 events are being competed for in the three-day championship ending on Saturday October 12, 2019.
Some of the events include, women’s 50m Breaststroke, men’s 50m Breaststroke, women’s 100m Butterfly, men’s 100m Butterfly, women’s 50m Freestyle, men’s 50m Freestyle, women’s 200m Backstroke, men’s 200m Backstroke, men’s 200m Ind-medley, women’s 200m Ind-medley, 4x50m Mixed Freestyle and 4×50 Mixed relay.