Philippines to host 11th Asian Swimming Championships next year


After the successful and historic stint at the 30th Southeast Asian Games this year, Philippine Swimming is set to embark on another milestone for Philippine Swimming as we host Asia’s biggest aquatic event next year, the 11th Asian Swimming Championships (Capas 2020) on November 7-17, 2020.

The Asian Swimming Championships is a quadrennial event which gathers more than 50 countries and is being participated by top athletes in Asia, in all aquatic disciplines : swimming, diving, water polo, synchronize swimming and open water swimming.

Japan hosted the 10th edition in 2016, while Dubai, UAE and China were the host of the 2012 and 2009 editions.

Philippines is the third Southeast Asian country to host this event, with Thailand being the host of the 5th edition in 1996 and Singapore in 2006, the 7th Asian Champs.

The Asian Swimming Federation (AASF) awarded the Philippines the right to host the 11th Asian Swimming Championships (ASC) early this month.

According to Taha Bin Silaiman Al Kishry, secretary-general of the AASF, they were looking at the Philippines, Thailand, or Vietnam as the possible host for next year’s ASC; and eventually gave the hosting rights to Philippines after seeing the success of the SEA Games hosting.

Working together to make the hosting successful are Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) President, Lailani Velasco; Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) Chief, Vince Dizon; Philippine Sports Commission Chairman, Butch Ramirez; and Philippines’ Department of Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romulo–Puyat.

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