COPA grassroots swim meet unfurls

A BIGGER field young swimmers are expected to compete in the First Novice Swim Championship of the Congress of Philippine Aquatics Inc. (COPA) this weekend at the Teofilo Ildefonso pool inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.

COPA Board member coach Chito Rivera said that the decision of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to relax regulations on antigen testing for those who enter the agency’s facility definitely encouraged more parents, coaches and swimmers to join the tournament which is one of the grassroot program COPA lined up this year.

“Through the effort of Congressman Eric Buhain, one of COPA’s founders, PSC Chairman Noli Eala agreed to remove the antigen requirement,” Rivera said. “We know that there are still many parents and swimmers who avoid the antigen test. With this, we expect an increase from the confirmed 300 participants this weekend.”

Rivera said that the competition is open not only to COPA affiliated clubs and organizations “as long as their coaches personally list them.”

“It’s open to everyone, we won’t discriminate swimmers,” Rivera stated.

Rivera said there will be a “cut off” time to determine if the participants should be in Class A, B or C. All winners will be awarded medals.

The COPA will also hold the Reunion Third Leg on October 1 and 2, 1 Reunion Swim Challenge Championship on October 22 and 23, Sprint Meet with the introduction of SKINS Swim event on November 12 and 13 and the Short Course Yuletide Swimming Championship on December 10 and 11.