Heavy downpour stops Zenith Bank swimming gala

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The finals of the Zenith Bank Ikoyi Club Inter-School Swimming Gala (Primary School category) were forced to be suspended last Saturday due to heavy rain.

The programme which has been serving as one of the key avenues for development of swimming in Nigeria was just about hitting full stride when the heavens open up non-stop for most part of the day forcing the decision to hold proceedings“We had to make the difficult but right decision to postpone the event to ensure the safety of the swimmers and to maintain the integrity of the results documentation and collation,” said the Swimming Section chairman, Kunle Adeniji,He stated that a decision will be taken soon and be communicated with all stakeholders regarding a new date to complete the unfinished races.

President of Aquatic Federation of Nigeria, Babatunde Fatayi-Wiliams said the decision was in line with international standard.

“It’s a heavy rain and it came with storm which can trigger shock in the water, So we can’t afford to take the risk,” he said.

The Secondary School category was held on May 14 where Chioma and Chukwudi Kanu steered Grange School, Ikeja to top place finish.

A total of 17 teams of which 14 were primary schools competed with 226 swimmers.

Adeniji commended Zenith Bank PLC for its continued support and thanked all participating schools, officials, parents and swimmers for participating and making the event an exciting one despite the rains.

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