MANILA, Philippines — Ngayon pa lamang ay magsisimula nang humanap ang Philippine Swimming League (PSL) ng mahuhusay na tankers na isasabak sa 30th Summer World University Games na gaganapin sa Napoles, Italy sa 2019.
Dalawang qualifying tournaments ang isasagawa ng PSL na magsisilbing qualifying events sa mga college students na nagnanais makahirit ng tiket sa Universiade.
Unang aarangkada ang PSL sa Luzon tampok ang 121st PSL National Series sa Setyembre 23 sa Sibul Spring Nature Resort sa Abucay, Bataan kasunod ang pagtatanghal ng 122nd PSL National Series Rotary Challenge Long Course Swimming Meet sa Setyembre 30 sa Rizal Memorial Sports Complex swimming pool sa Malate, Manila.
“PSL prepares two years before each Universiade competition. We are inviting all college students today and those who will be in college in 2019 to start training with the PSL and join the tryouts which we will held nationwide. Please follow all important announcements on the PSL official websites,” pahayag ni PSL President Susan Papa.
Nakatakda ring dumayo ang PSL sa iba’t ibang panig ng bansa sa Visayas at Mindanao upang makapili ng mga swimmers na magiging kinatawan ng bansa sa naturang world meet.
“Last selection, we were messed up of selection by someone that wants to destroy PSL. Nevertheless, our grassroot swimmers are now beginning to be grown ups. The last selection was mostly PSI swimmers that decided to go with PSL so they can be given opportunity. Scholarships for college students can be arranged by PSL for deserving swimmers as we have so far done in the past,” ani Papa.
Mismong si PSL Chairman at dating Senador Nikki Coseteng ang mangunguna sa seleksiyon kasama ang mga kinatawan ng Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) sa pangunguna ni FESSAP chief David Ong.
“We start training early so that the swimmers can be given opportunity to compete in international competitions before the next universiade in Italy. I am very proud of our grass roots swimmers, who, at the moment are still in high school but will be eligible for the Universiade in 2021,” wika ni Coseteng.
Nakapagpartisipa na ang PSL sa apat na edisyon ng Universiade - noong 2011 sa Shenzhen, China, 2013 sa Kazan, Russia, 2015 sa Gwangju, South Korea at sa katatapos na 2017 edisyon sa New Taipei City, Taiwan.
“So far, all swimmers of PSL have had extensive training in chance given to compete in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Thailand. They are breaking records of Rio Olympics gold medalist Joseph Schooling,” dagdag ni Coseteng.