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CCCAN 2017 looks for FINA approval

JELANI BECKLES Friday, April 21 2017

THE 2017 edition of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships will be held in this country for the very first time on June 22 with competition scheduled for both islands in the Republic. Local organisers are also hoping the meet will serve as a final qualifier for the World Aquatics Championships in July.

The region’s top aquatic athletes will compete in five disciplines at the CCCAN Championships from June 22 to July 2.

Swimming (pool), water polo, synchronised swimming and diving will take place at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva while open water competition will be held in Tobago. TT will be represented in all the disciplines except synchronised swimming.

At the launch of the event at the Hyatt Regency, yesterday, president of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT ) Wendell Lai Hing said, “ASATT ’S vision, together with my vice-president, is that we decided that we are going to apply to FINA (International Swimming Federation) to have our meet listed as a FINA sanctioned meet. What that says is that with World Championships coming up, we will also have people coming here to participate to try to qualify. It is actually the last qualifier (for the World Championships).” Lai Hing added, “This is also a qualifier for CAC Water Polo and Pan Am Juniors Water Polo, so Mexico will be here, Puerto Rico going to be here and powerhouse Venezuela from next door, they are also coming.

We need to understand the magnitude of this event.” Lai Hing said having events such as CCCAN will help TT ’s sport tourism drive. “Having the Aquatic Centre is one thing, but maximising the use is of paramount importance with respect to return on investment. We know we are pushing sport tourism in Trinidad and Tobago to a different level.” Amanda McMillan, chef de mission of the TT team, invited corporate TT to support the event. McMillan said, “We would love to welcome corporate Trinidad and Tobago to be a partner with us. Come on board, we are here to work with you to bring the sport of aquatics to its full potential, and to use the opportunity of our newly built world class Aquatic Centre to really bring all hands on deck to support our Trinidad and Tobago contingent.”

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