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Federation prepares 8 swimmers for African Senior Championships

Saheed Obadina, the national Aquatic Coach, said on Wednesday that the National Aquatic Federation would select an eight man team for Africa Swimming Senior Championship (ASSC) in South Africa (SA).

Obadina revealed in Abuja that the swimmers who would participate in the championships were currently undergoing training in their various states.

According to him, four male and four female swimmers in the elite category will represent the country in Blue Mountain, South Africa.

“We are looking forward to having four males and four females in the elite category to make the final selection.

“The federation has yet to release their names, since they are still monitoring their training in camp, but it is still possible that we may drop some people.

(R-L) Spain's Melania Costa Schmid, Italy's Federica Pellegrini, US swimmer Missy Franklin, Britain's Caitlin McClatchey, Australia's Kylie Palmer and Japan's Hanae Ito dive in at the start of a women's 200m freestyle semi-final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, 2012 in London.  AFP PHOTO

“We will replace them as training goes on which as you know, we have more than that in camp before the final eight selection,’’ he said.

He added that the swimmers would win medals for the country.

“With the ones we have on ground definitely Nigeria will win some medals at the championships.

“ Definitely, the swimmers that will represent Nigeria at the Africa Swimming Championships are training, getting prepared in their various states with their coaches.

“But soon, the federation will call them together in Lagos, where we will put final touches to their training before we travel for the championships,’’ he said.

The African Swimming Senior Championships is scheduled for Oct. 16 to Oct. 23.


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