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China, Japan to participate in AASF Asian Age Group C'ships in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Sep 20 (UNI) More than 1000 participants from across 26 countries, including China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, will compete for the top honours at the 10th AASF Asian Age Group Championships, beginning here on September 24.
The Championships will see participants in open category (18 years and above), as well as age groups I (15-17 years) and II (14 years and below).
The nine-day Championship, which is a qualifying event for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will also witness countries such as Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Bangladesh and Syria, vying for medals.
With the largest foreign contingent of 79 participants, Kazakhstan will arrive in Bengaluru on Saturday, while a 57-member contingent from China will arrive over the weekend.
Chinese Taipei with 43 participants, Hong Kong with 59 participants, Japan with 66 participants taking part in swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming, will also arrive over the weekend.
''We are extremely elated to welcome these young athletes to Bengaluru, which is hosting this prestigious event for the first time. We have over 300 volunteers, who have been assigned various duties, to ensure smooth execution of the event'', said Gopal B Hosur, IPS (Retd), president of the Organising Committee.
''Our officials have been working tirelessly over the past three months, to ensure all these participants have a wonderful experience during this event. All the venues have been set-up meticulously, to ensure international standards are met and we are geared up for successful conduct of the event'', he added.
Olympian Sajan Prakash, who will be spearheading India's campaign along with the likes of sprint sensation Virdhawal Khade and Srihari Nataraj, said this event will be a great opportunity to make the 'A' cut for next year's Olympics.
"Beyond winning medals, this is also a golden opportunity for Indian swimmers to try and make the 'A' cut to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics" Mr Prakash said.
In the previous edition, India won a total of 40 medals in swimming with five gold, 13 silver and 22 bronze medals, while in diving, India won three gold, two silver and three bronze medals, he added.
The event venues will be spread across the city, with swimming events being held at Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence from September 24 to 27, while Water Polo will be held at the Sports Authority of India, Kengeri, from September 24 to 30.
Diving will be held at the Sports Authority of India, Kengeri from September 29 to October 2, while the Artistic swimming will be held at Kensington Swimming Pool, Ulsoor, from September 29 to October 2.
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