New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS): Phase 1 of the Khelo India junior women's swimming challenge series is scheduled to start across five Zonal locations on August 20-21.
The five Zones include New Delhi, Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Bangalore (Karnataka), Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh) and Kolkata (West Bengal).
This is the first-time ever that a Swimming Zonal Competition of this magnitude is being organized for the Junior (U-18) and Youth (U-15) categories for girls. Around 850 swimmers will participate in multiple events such as 100 M and 200 M in Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Individual Medley. The total entries across all events and zones are over 2000.
The Sports ministry, under the Khelo India scheme, has sanctioned a total amount of Rs 1.02 Crore to the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) for the conduct of this Series across a total of 2 Phases.
Out of the total money sanctioned, Rs 36 Lakh has also been earmarked as Prize Money to the Top 5 in every racing event across all the zones.
The venues include:
New Delhi- SAI Dr. SPM Swimming Pool Complex
Bangalore- Ray Center, Wilson Garden
Kolkata- SAI Swimming Pool
Hoshangabad - Narmada Taran Pushkar
Ahmedabad - Saavy Swaraj Sports Club