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Angola prepares candidacy to host Junior World Swimming Championships in 2027

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Rui Falcão, said that the country could host the Junior World Swimming Championship in 2027, if its candidacy is approved.


According to the minister, in order to carry out the world sporting event, with the participation of 200 countries, it is necessary to "create another level of infrastructure and logistical support, different from the African championship" which took place this year in the country, with 42 countries.

"The focus now is on creating infrastructures that can meet the demands of a world championship", pointed out the holder of the Youth and Sports portfolio, quoted in a Government statement, to which VerAngola had access.

In statements at the end of a hearing between the Vice-President of the Republic, Esperança da Costa, and the president of África Aquatics (formerly the African Swimming Confederation), Sam Ramsany, which took place last Friday, Rui Falcão informed that the International Federation committed to working with its department to implement a "program in schools to teach the sport to children".

Expressing himself happy with the results achieved so far by the country, in the 16th edition of the African Championship, which took place at Piscina do Alvalade, in the capital, the minister said that "it is necessary" to have "the perspective that swimming is hegemonically dominated by White Africa", adding: "Fortunately, we have South Africa, which provides the counterbalance and us, who are now entering with some humility".

Rui Falcão explained that holding the continental race in the capital "is part of the strategic program for the development of swimming", the note reads.

The president of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), Husain Al Musallam, who was also present at the audience, said that there were several aspects "to be discussed with the Angolan authorities" in order to hold the World Cup.

"The logistical aspects of accommodation, transport (...) are important, as is the medical aspect, especially with regard to anti-doping measures", pointed out the person in charge.

The president of Len-European Aquatics, António Silva, expressed "availability to support Angola in holding the 2027 Junior World Swimming Championship and other programs in the sport", says the statement.

It should be noted that, until last Sunday, the country hosted the 16th edition of the African Swimming Championship. The title of champion was won by Egypt, with the Egyptian national team winning 47 medals (15 gold, 19 silver and 13 bronze).

According to Angop, in the pure water event, which took place in the Alvalade pool, Egyptian swimmer Lojine Hamed won the title of most valuable athlete, winning four gold medals in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meter freestyle.

In second place was the previous champion, South Africa, which won a total of 38 medals (13 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze). South Africa was also highlighted with Lara Niekerk and Chris Smith who accumulated the most FINA points in women's and men's categories, totaling 848 points and 825 points, respectively.

To complete the podium, Algeria came in third place, winning 25 medals (nine gold, five silver and 11 bronze). According to Angop, Algeria ended the race with Jaouad Syoud being the most valuable male athlete by winning three gold medals in the 200 meters, 400 meters style and 200 meters breaststroke, as well as two silver medals in 200 meters butterfly and 100 meters butterfly and one medal bronze in the 50 meter breaststroke.

In the open water race, Egypt also emerged victorious, ending up dethroning South Africa.

Already speaking during the closing of the continental championship, Rui Falcão considered the athletes who are part of the national team that competed in this event "heroes", having expressed satisfaction with the individual commitment and effort that the national team showed, although he considers the creation of mechanisms with a view to improving training and results, writes Angop.


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