Lagos - After three postponements, the swimming event of the 18th National Sports Festival began on Monday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos with Heat I of the 100m women’s freestyle.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that swimming which was slated for Nov. 29 was shifted to Dec. 2 and later to Monday because of the chlorine used in the swimming pool.
The organisers said that high level of chlorine in the water could have adverse effect of the health of the swimmers, especially the skin, eyes and nose.
NAN reports that the first event saw Abeng Oka from Cross River winning from lane four after she returned a time of 1.08.86.
Anuoluwapo Agunbinade from Osun in lane two was second with 1.13:74 and Light Ikuloburu of Ogun in lane five occupied the third position with 1.16:15.
Other results are Gift Joseph (Bayelsa) fourth with 1.19:43, while Marian Eworo of Ebonyi came last with 1.29:99.
The Technical Director of Nigeria Swimming Federation (NSF), Gbenga Lawal, told NAN that swimming which had been delayed would be fast-tracked.
He disclosed that before now the pool looked beautiful and ready for the event but was technically faulty.
He said the non-readiness of the pool was responsible for the delay and added that the managers had to act quickly to save the situation.
NAN reports that the other swimming events for Monday are the men’s 100m breaststroke, women’s 200m butterfly, men’s 200m freestyle.
The swimming event will end on Saturday.