Olympic champions such as Ruta Meilutyte, Cesar Cielo, Anthony Ervin and Ryan Lochte should be familiar names for fans of swimming. These are also the names currently set to be a part of the first major international swimming meet at the Sports Hub, and quite possibly the biggest swimming meet in Singapore in recent years.
The Singapore Swim Stars meet scheduled from 5th to 7th September will take place at the Sports Hub’s OCBC Aquatics Centre, an indoor venue that can cater up to a capacity of 6,000 spectators when it is completed later this year. The meet which is organised by Frenchman Stephan Caron, a two-time Olympic men’s 100m freestyle bronze medallist, is likely to focus on the 50m and 100m sprint events. According to the swimming news website, swimvortex, the budget of the meet is estimated to be approximately US$1 million (S$1.27 million).
Stephan’s co-organiser, Harald Eltvedt, who is based in Singapore, informed TODAY that they are currently in talks with the Singapore Sports Council for the meet to be made into a regular, long-term thing, possibly for five years, and for it to be worth the hype. “The format will be very innovative and one that has never been done before, and we already have many of the world’s top swimmers who have agreed to come for this. We want to develop this event into an extremely prestigious one, behind only the Olympics and the World Championships,” he explained.
Some of the other top names set for the meet include France’s Florent Manaudou, who won the men’s 50m freestyle during the 2012 London Olympics, James Magnussen of Australia, the 2013 men’s world 100m freestyle champion and Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen, the 2011 women’s world 100m freestyle champion. The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA), which could potentially act as the event’s sanctioning body, has submitted a request for at least two spots in every event to comprise of the Republic’s own national swimmers. The meet could also be featuring fringe activities such as coaching clinics for children, corporate events and dinners as well as a relay challenge between some of the stars and the children. For more information of the meet, you can read it here.
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