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Ranchi to make Asian splash

- Teams from 47 nations to take part in big-ticket aquatic event

Ranchi is all set to make a global swimming entry.

Come September and Veer Budhu Bhagat Aquatic Stadium at Hotwar’s mega sports complex in the capital will host Junior Asian Swimming Championship.

Participants from as many as 47 countries from across the continent will showcase their prowess at swimming, diving and water polo during the 12-day competition.

The championship is being organised by Jharkhand Swimming Association, which has received the green light from apex body Swimming Federation of India.

“A team from the national body has already inspected the facility (at Hotwar) and given us the go-ahead,” a source associated with the state outfit said.

Jharkhand Swimming Association’s chairman and veteran swimmer Rambalak Singh said they were looking forward to host the global championship in September efficiently.

“We held a meeting with the sport department two months ago. Authorities have promised to sanction a sum of Rs 2 crore and also chip in with logistics support for making the meet a memorable one,” he told The Telegraph.

Singh added the itinerary for the event would be decided shortly.

“The dates for actual events will be announced after a fresh round of meetings with the sports department,” he added.

The state swimming outfit will soon conduct a tour of hotels in Ranchi and earmark some for the participants’ accommodation.

“It’s a big event and we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that sportspersons from across Asia enjoy good hospitality,” a functionary of the state outfit said.

Asked if swimmers from Jharkhand will be part of the Indian outfit, the official said they expected between seven and eight names in both boys and girls teams to wear national colours.

“We will choose top three state contestants based on results of the state swimming championship in Bokaro from July 5 to 7. The trio will be trained thoroughly during a camp in Ranchi,” he added.