The 39th Junior Punjab State Swimming and Water Polo Championship organised by the Punjab Swimming Association kicked off with much enthusiasm at the swimming pool on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here on Friday.
As many as 250 swimmers, including boys and girls from all across the state, divided in Under-14 and Under-17 categories, are participating in this three-day swimming championship.
In the boys’ Under-17 category, during the first water-polo match played between Jalandhar and Faridkot, the former defeated the latter by a huge margin of 10-1 points. Kunal Walia and Parampal scored the highest 3 points respectively from the winning side.
The match played between Patiala and Hoshiarpur, Under-17 category, was won by Patiala by 4-1 points with Sahil, Harkaran, Heman and Akashdeep contributing 1 point each in their team’s win.
In the next Under-17 category match, played between Amritsar and Ludhiana, the Amritsar team won the match by 7-1 goals, Sahilpreet and Rajat Bhardwaj contributed 3 points each to win the match.
The race events - freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly stroke- were to be played when the report was filed.
Apinder Grewal, president, the District Swimming Association, said, “Players, who will perfor m well during the tournament, will get the entry in the Punjab team that will participate in the upcoming 41st Junior National Aquatic Championship to be held on July 12 in Madhya Pradesh.”
Some state-level swimming players, however, claimed that they had not been apprised about the trials for the championship being held at the PAU.
A swimming coach in city, requesting anonymity, said, “Due to the lack of an organised approach, a number of state- level talented swimmers, who were not informed about the championship, will not be able to take part in the event.”
However, Grewal said, “We had informed everyone prior to the trials conducted on June 17.”