Swimmers Set to Battle for N10m Prize Money


All is now set for this year’s Lagos Open Water International Championship with mouthwatering N10million up for grab.

According to Coordinator of the event, Mr. Olarenwaju Saheed, the event has been rescheduled for between June 4th and 5th.

The change in plans was to enable foreign countries who have indicated interest to properly fine-tune their arrangements ahead of the event.

Olarenwaju explained that this is the first time Nigeria will be hosting such an event which will include countries like Ghana, Cote d’ Ivore, Togo, Mali, and Benue Republic.

About 300 swimmers from Lagos State have indicated their interest in the championship and would be vying for honours with their counterparts from other states.

Olanrewaju who is a member of the board of Lagos State Swimming Association also stated that, the foreign umpires that will officiate at the Lagos open water, will start arriving from June 1.

However, Olarenwaju stated that, due to the high volume of entries and participation of some foreign athletes, “the association is seeking for more sponsorship for the championship.”

He urged corporate bodies in Nigeria to join hands in promoting swimming in Nigeria as it would add value to their money.