PH signs deal to host 2020 Asian Swimming Championships

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2019 03:24 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2019 04:54 PM

MANILA -- The 2020 Asian Swimming Championships will be held in the Philippines' new aquatics center in Tarlac, sports officials announced Monday after signing an agreement with the federation that governs all swimming matches in the continent.

The 2020 Asian Swimming Championships will bring top swimmers from 50 countries, as they compete in swimming, diving, water polo, artistic swimming and open water swimming, officials said.

"We see this as an opportunity to not only maximize the use of the world-class facilities here at the New Clark City, but also to strengthen the local community, promote tourism, and showcase our hospitality to our foreign delegates," Philippine Swimming, Inc. (PSI) president Maria Lailani Velasco told reporters.

Aside from economic benefits, hosting international sporting events in the Philippines also helps the country "project a positive image" to the international community, said Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and CEO Vivencio Dizon.

"Apart from the economic benefit -- which are tremendous -- sports uplifts the spirit of our people… that’s the most important positive effect," he said.

"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," he said. 

The agreement between the Asian Swimming Federation (AASF) and Philippine sports organizations was signed a day before the official closing of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

The New Clark City Athletics and Aquatics center was first used last month as one of the venues for the biennial regional tournament.

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