New Clark City secures hosting rights to Asian Aquatics meet

PAMPANGA. Philippine Swimming Inc. President Lailani Velasco, Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vivencio Dizon, Asian Swimming Federation Secretary-General Taha Al-Kishry and Philippine Sports Commission Commissioner Celia Kiram sign a partnership agreement for the Philippines’ hosting of the 11th Asian Swimming Championships. The event will be held at the New Clark City Aquatics Center in Capas, Tarlac from November 7 to 17, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Bases Conversion and Development Authority)

TARLAC -- The best aquatics athletes in the continent will converge in 2020 as New Clark City (NCC) secures the hosting rights of the 11th Asian Swimming Championships (ASC).

In a press conference, Philippine Swimming Inc. president Lailani Velasco said the quadrennial meet organized by the Asian Swimming Federation (AASF) consists of five disciplines namely swimming, diving, water polo, artistic swimming, and open water swimming.

It will be held from November 7 to 17, 2020 at the 2,000-seater NCC Aquatics Center.

Aside from the actual competition, AASF will also hold a General Congress next year, on November 8, that will bring the top brass of fédération internationale de natation in the continent.

“We would like to thank the AASF for confidently entrusting our country to host this mega event despite the interest shown by our experienced regional neighbors to do the same. We see this as an opportunity to not only maximize the use of the world-class facilities at NCC but also to strengthen the local community, promote tourism and showcase our hospitality to our foreign delegates,” Velasco added.

For his part, Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vivencio Dizon emphasized the readiness of NCC and its facilities to host the event.

“Thank you for offering us this opportunity to be part of a big project. We agree that this is a great occasion for us to inspire the next generation of elite athletes as well as project a positive image of the Philippines to the world,” Dizon furthered. (PIA-Central Luzon)


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