KARACHI:- Over 300 swimmers will be featuring in the 52nd edition of Sindh Open and Junior Age Group Swimming Championship which starts at Karachi Gymkhana on Saturday (today).
Mazhar Naqvi, who represented Pakistan in the World Swimming Championship and Ghulam Muhammad, who has featured in several international competitions are star attractions in the open category. International Saad Amin and Hasan Paracha will be battling for top honours in junior category.
The Open category Swimmers will be able to compete in only four events as compared to juniors, who can compete in four open and as many age group events. This may lead to disparity in the selection of Group Champions for overall performance in the championship.
However Secretary of Sindh Swimming Association (SSA) Muhammad Ali Shishmahal said Group Champion in Open will be determined separately. SSA Secretary said they are using state of the art computer program to run the championship and for the first time two official video cameras will be installed for referrals.
Apart from top clubs, leading schools like Karachi Grammar, Beaconhouse, Bayview Academy, DA SKBZ College, DUA Swimming Club, Habib Public School, DHA Moin Khan Academy,Karachi American School, Karachi Dolphin, Links, Lyceum, Metropolitan Academy, St Patricks High School, The City School, Karachi Club and host Karachi Gymkhana will be taking part.
The events to be contested include freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Individual medley and freestyle relays and Medley relays in Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and open age group.