Philippines to host 11th Asian Swimming Championships in 2020


MANILA — The Philippines will be hosting another international sports competition; the 11th Asian Swimming Championships scheduled to take place in November next year.

On Sunday, December 8, the Asian Swimming Federation (ASF), the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI), and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) gathered together in a signing ceremony and press conference.

It was announced that the 11th Asian Swimming Championships (ASC) will be held in November 2020 at New Clark City Aquatic Center.

Present at the event were BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon, PSI President Lailani Velasco, ASF Secretary-General Taha Bin Sulaiman Al Kishry, and Commissioner Celia Kiram of the Philippine Sports Commission.

“This is a very important milestone, this event today because it shows that when you have a world-class facility, people from all over the region and all over the world take notice,” Dizon said.

According to Velasco, there will be 50 participating countries. She also said that the Asian Swimming Championships were at par with the Asian Games, adding that ASC will consist of five disciplines: swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, and open water swimming.

This is going to be the Philippines’ first to host the ASC, which will happen just months after the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Al Kishry revealed they were eyeing these countries to host the event: Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines, but the Philippines was chosen because of the newly-minted aquatic facilities in New Clark City.

Source: CNN Philippines

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