Ahmedabad, Jan 21: The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) and Swimming federation of South Africa known as Swimming South Africa (SSA) has joined hands today with a long term collaborative co-operation by signing a partnership agreement to future jointly develop Swimming and water polo in both the countries. The agreements includes South African and Indian teams participating in competitions against each other, Indian teams participating in joint training camps in South Africa with South African national team and South African teams training in different climates in India.
The agreements builds on the informal arrangements that have existed between the federation for a number of years with swimmers from India training with South African head Coach Graham Hill.
South Africa has been a very successful country in swimming, water polo and diving with numbers of athletes winning medals in World Championships and Olympic Games over years and many swimmers and water polo team scheduled to participate in upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Mr Alan Fritz the President of SSA was very excited about the agreement and said “with the current challenges facing all our national federation as a result of the COVID pandemic, this is a very good initiative to look forward past challenges and it creates exciting opportunities four our athletes.”
Mr R.N Jayaprakash, the President of SFI highlighted the successes of South African Swimmers in international stage and said “we are sure this partnership will help us engage with our South African counterparts to further strengthen Swimming and water polo in India.”
Mr Monal Chokshi, General Secretary of SFI elaborated the interest of the agreement and thanked SSA for the initiative stated a press release.
This is indeed a great step which is going to help the Indian Swimmers and water polo team the most to improve, gain exposure and experience.