AASF 10TH ASIAN AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019, BENGALURU
India in its long tradition of hospitality welcomes all the participating athletes, officials and visitors to the 10th Asian Age Group Championships being hosted at Bengaluru. We come together to celebrate this sporting spectacle in the true spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship. The 10th AAGC logo emulates the vibrancy of diverse cultures and the human spirit. The 4 aquatic sports are bound by the common element of water in the colors of the Olympic Rings, indicating the significance of the meet.
India, through the Swimming Federation of India has been given the privilege to host the 10TH ASIAN AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 by the Asia Swimming Federation. For the first time in this Millennium, India has got this opportunity to host a major International Championship in swimming, diving, water polo and in Artistic swimming events.
The event to be hosted at Bangalore from 24th September to 2nd October 2019 will witness, over 1500 swimmers, officials and volunteers from all Asian Countries for the top honor’s in different disciplines in the aquatic sports.
AAGC India 2019 edition will be a platform for our country’s aquatic fraternity to show case their talent on home ground and in front of their home crowd which will give them all a great morale boost to perform at their best and bring laurels to our country.
SWIMMING FEDERATION OF INDIA
SFI objectives are to promote the Aquatic Sports through the development of Swimmers and Coaches to achieve the highest goal of winning medals at the Olympics & World Championships and to inculcate the spirit of sportsmanship and team work in our nations youth.
We strive to reach our goals by building a strong foundation at the grass root level by promoting and encouraging participation by children at a young age through all our aquatic state units and associations.
Some of our athletes have achieved laurels at International Meets and we are building on that to achieve higher number of qualifying entries and medals at all major International competitions such as Asian Games, World Championships and Olympic games in addition to Asian Youth Games and Olympic Youth Games.
The focus is on creating a strong base in the country and provide better infrastructure, training as well as exposure to our elite athletes.
Conducting AAGC 2019 is a part of the road map of SFI to provide exposure to the bottom of our pyramid to international level performances and an Opportunity to our elite group to prepare themselves for the upcoming Asian Games and Olympics
SFI has all the necessary facilities and technology and human resources to conduct such a international sporting event in a professional and grand manner.
ASIAN AMATEUR SWIMMING FEDERATION
The Asia Swimming Federation (AASF) overseas international aquatics competition in Asia, and is affiliated to the Olympic Council of Asia and to FINA.
The AASF was founded in 1978 in Bangkok; and currently has its administrative headquarters in Muscat, Oman.
As of August 2009, the AASF President is Sheikh Khalid Mohammed Al Badr Al Sabah of Kuwait.
HISTORY AND ACHIEVEMENTS
The first edition of the Asian Age Group Championships was held in Hong Kong in 2001 but the AASF’s records have official results beginning from the 6th edition, which took place in Japan in 2009.
Japan has been a dominant force since the beginning of the Championships and has won the most medals in the last four editions of the event. The far east nation won a staggering 82 medals in the 2015 Championships, held in Thailand. A medal tally that is bettered only by the same nation’s record of 91 medals in the 2011 Championships, 61 of which were gold.
India, Hong Kong and China have also been major forces at the Championships, with Indian swimmers Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal setting national swimming records in the 100 meter butterfly and breaststroke events in 2009. Khade has since gone on to participate in the Asian Youth Games and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Uzbekistan hosted the 2017 Championships and the home advantage seemed to work wonders for their swimmers with Dmitriy Horlin, Khurshidjon Tursunov and Artyom Kozlyuk setting national records in various men’s events while Fotimakhon Amilova and Shokhsanamkhon Toshpulatova setting records in the women’s Championships.