Fiji bids to host Oceania swimming tourney

The Men 400m Freestyle final the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championshipat the Damodar City Aquatic Centre on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Picture: ATU RASEA

MORE international swimming competitions could be heading to Fiji in the near future.

Fiji Swimming Association said it could be hosting the Oceania Swimming Club Championship next year at the aquatic pool which is being built in Lautoka.

The tournament is one of the biggest annual regional swimming events.

Fiji Swimming Association president Ben Rova said Fiji was in discussion with the other countries to host the championship in Lautoka.

“We have been talking to Swimming New Zealand president Lesley Huckinsand who is also the FINA (Fédération internationale de natation is the international federation) technical director and USA Swimming vice-president Mike Unger,” Rova said.

“It would bring different clubs from all over the Oceania region such as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

“We want to host the championship to commemorate the opening of the new aquatic centre in Lautoka. Once that is up and running, we will try to bring the event and make it as an annual event. That again would be a big boost for Fiji Swimming Association and swimming as a whole.”

Rova said Fiji was capable of hosting international competitions.

“We have hosted the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and we are good to host senior competition as well. We have given our expressed interest and the officials have seen our capabilities in terms of hosting,” Rova said.

“We have asked them if we could be given an opportunity to host more international championships in Fiji.”

The 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships ended at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva last night.

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