Astana Hosts Qualifying Competitions for “Children of Asia” Championship Among Junior Swimmers

The Astana Open Championship, featuring three age groups in swimming, kicked off with a grand opening ceremony at the Barys Arena Pool Olympic swimming pool, as reported by the official website of the capital’s akimat.

Yesterday marked the start of the national open championship in aquatics for youth born in 2008-2009 and later. Over the course of the four-day competition, 64 prize sets will be awarded.

The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of Nurbol Zharkynbekov, the head of the children’s and youth specialized sports school of the Olympic reserve No. 4 of the Astana city akimat, along with the judges.

Zharkynbekov inaugurated the competition, extending his wishes for success to the young athletes in their pursuit of excellence.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations on the commencement of today’s competition. This championship is a longstanding tradition in our city, drawing over 400 athletes from various regions of Kazakhstan. Swimming sports are experiencing dynamic growth in the country, with Astana’s athletes leaving an indelible mark on the nation’s sports history. Just yesterday, our school’s pupils participated in the women’s rowing Cup in South Korea for the first time, and our team secured a place in the top three,” Zharkynbekov remarked.

He expressed gratitude to the competition organizers for their contributions to the advancement of the country’s sports industry.

“I am confident that today’s competition will unveil the crème de la crème, with the strongest emerging victorious on the podium,” Zharkynbekov added.

Teams from all regions of the country and sports clubs are vying for top honors. A total of 26 teams are competing for qualification in the Asian Games, slated for the end of June in Yakutia, Russia.




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