The likes of Virdhawal Khade and Srihari Nataraj will look to achieve the ‘A’ Qualification mark for the 2020 Olympics when they compete at the 10th AASF Asian Age Group Championships, starting here on September 24. Fans from all over the world can book Summer Olympic Swimming Tickets online from our trusted online ticketing market platform.
The honorable show will see the contestants competing in 4 different aquatic disciplines swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming in several locations spread across the city, which is set to host the tournament for the first time.
India will be signified by a strong contingent, covering Olympians like Khade, Sajan Prakash and Shivani Kataria, backstroke sensation Nataraj, sprinter Anshul Kothari, national record holder in breaststroke Likith SP, freestyle specialist Khushagra Rawat in the Open Category.
The contestants who will take part in the age-group categories are; Kenisha Gupta, Kushi Dinesh, Suvana C Baskar, Tanish George Mathew, Sanjay CJ, and Riddhima Virendra.
Apart from the host country, the contest will witness top swimmers from Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore as well.
Expert sports administrator Virendra Nanavati, vice president of the Indian Olympic Association said:
“This is a very crucial period for the Indian swimmers as some of them are vying for the ‘A’ Qualification mark for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At the recent FINA World Championships, we had good participation with six swimmers, four Open Water swimmers and one diver qualifying to take part and some of them even improved the best Indian performance record. Good show here at the 10th AASF Asian Age Group Championships Bengaluru 2019 will put them in good stead to make the qualification mark for the forthcoming Olympics.”
In the previous edition held in Uzbekistan in 2017, India gained a total of 40 medals in swimming — five gold, 13 silver, and 22 bronze — while in diving, India gained 3 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze.
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