By SANDRA MWILA –
THE Zambia Swimming Union (ZSU) plans to send up to 25 swimmers for the Confederations of African Associations (CANA) Zone-Four games to be hosted by Malawi in March.
To come up with the final 25 for the Southern Region event, ZSU vice-president Adewale Grillo said in an interview that the union would hold a selection gala set for January 27 at the American International School of Lusaka.
“We are looking at sending not less than 25 swimmers to the CANA Zone-Four Gala in Malawi but before that, we shall this month select the final team from a local gala,” Grillo said.
He said ZSU’s plan is to nurture a number of young swimmers that would break into the elite group of swimmers in the country in the next few years.
Grillo said ZSU managed to fish out a number of young swimmers last year that competed well at CANA Zone-Three (which falls under East Africa) championship in Tanzania.
Zambia finished second at the CANA Zone-Three Gala after amassing 968 points and reaping 34 medals.
Grillo said after having a successful season last year, he anticipates a better 2018 with good performances at International gala’s.
“Last year we had Ralph Goveia beating the Olympic B time and this year we expect more swimmers to do the same and follow Goveia’s performance,” Grillo said.
Others international tournaments for this year are the GoldCoast 2018 Commonwealth Games and African Championships.