BY ROMULUS HUTA
THE Solomon Islands Swimming Federation (SISF) received new training gears yesterday.
The gears were donated by Okinawa Prefecture Swimming Federation from Japan.
The assistance was part of the relationship the swimming federation and the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) has with Okinawa Prefecture Swimming.
Facilitated through a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer serving here as a teacher at Burns Creek School, Sho Yonahara, the assistance will help address the lack of proper training gear by the national swimming federation.
“I think swimmers here will be very pleased to receive the assistance.
“The assistance came about because the federation here really needs them.
“This is a new sport here and it needs more support,” Yonahara said.
As part of the relationship between the swimming federation and the NOCSI has with Okinawa Prefecture Swimming, last year three local swimmers also spent two weeks in Japan training under professional coaches.
The training in Japan was met by the Japanese Olympic Committee and it is part of the preparation toward the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.