(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The national swimming team is busy training these days at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex (SQSC) in Bausher to prepare for the 23rd GCC Aquatics Championship, to be held in Muscat from October 27-30.
The training schedule began on August 16, with the swimmers going through two practice rounds everyday.
In charge of the national team for long-distance swimming is Hungarian coach Zsolt Horvath, while his deputy Ashraf al Harbi is looking after the short distance events.
The long distance team comprises five swimmers - Mohammed al Habsi, Aiman al Qasmi, Khalid al Kulaibi, Musallam al Khaduri and Nawaf al Qasmi. They will be camping at the SQSC till September 16.
A short distance team, comprising Nawaf al Qasmi, Issa al Adawi and Aiman al Kulaibi and a few other junior swimmers, will travel to Turkey for a training camp from September 25-October 11.
Horvath is ruing not being able to take his long distance swimmers for a training stint outside Oman, since most of them are in college and cannot take long breaks.
The Hungarian told Muscat Daily, ''We really want to focus on the open water competitions, but for that, we need to go outside, which is not happening at the moment. So my swimmers are now focussing on the long distance events in the swimming pool.''
He added, ''The main aim of our swimmers is to post personal best timings at the GCC meet. If they are able to bring a medal along with that, it's well and good. But we are not pushing that far at the moment.''<