Tuesday, 23 October 2007

2nd Asian Indoor Games 2007 – Macau

The Indian swim team is all set to leave for the 2nd Asian Indoor Games to be held from October 26th – November 3rd 2007 in Macau. The swimming events begin on the October 30th and end on November 2nd. Click here to access the official website.

Considering the performances over the last few months, the Indian team – comprising of Sandeep Sejwal, Rehan Poncha, Shikha Tandon and Richa Mishra – would be raring to make a mark at this meet. Virdhawal Khade who has just begun his training after completing his 10th Standard Board exams (supplementary) on October 18th has opted out of the event so that he can concentrate on his training.

These games will give the swimmers good racing experience in a non-stressful environment (as it is not an Olympic Qualifying event). The first edition in 2005, held in Bangkok, saw Arjun Muralidharan win a silver medal in the 200m Butterfly and Shikha Tandon win a bronze medal in the 100m Backstroke.

The games will feature only Short course swimming i.e. races will be held in a 25m pool. Short course races always have faster times compared to Long course races as the swimmers are able take advantage off the walls.

With the Asian Indoor Games yet to gain in stature it would be interesting to see if countries like China, Japan and Korea send their best teams. All said and done, the Indian team has everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Go India Go!!

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