The goal is to finish at the top of the medals: swimming coach Pradeep

BENGALURU: National swimming coach Pradeep S Kumar on Sunday he said that India will try to finish at the top of the list of medals on day 10 Asian age group championships To start on Tuesday.

Pradeep expressed confidence that its swimmers will surpass their previous count of five gold, 13 silver and 22 bronze medals in this edition of the event.

This is the first time that many of them will be swimming in such an important international competition at home and the mood in the team is optimistic. All swimmers are very encouraged and well prepared to improve the team's total medals. previous edition, he said.

There is no doubt that we will try to finish at the top of the list of medals, said the award-winning Dronacharya.

With countries like Japan, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan and Thailand sending their full force squads, it will not be an easy task for the hosts and the coach is fully aware of that.

This will be a challenging meeting with contingents from Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Japan and Kazakhstan that will bring their entire team made up of the best swimmers in their country. Countries like Jordan and Syria will also have participants to watch. Competition, particularly for boys in Group 1 and girls in Group 2, will be difficult, but our swimmers have made great progress, Pradeep said.

The nine-day tournament, which is a qualifying event for 2020 Tokyo Olympics , will also witness the participation of countries such as Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Philippines , Indonesia, Singapore, Bangladesh and Syria.

Speaking of Indian swimmers as Sajan Prakash & Srihari Nataraj , who have secured B Qualification time for Tokyo Olympics , & Virdhawal Khade , who participates in a good show at the recent Senior Nationals in Bhopal, Pradeep said: These guys have a good chance of making the 'A' cut.

"They are in good shape after the Senior Nationals & I am expecting them to better the timings they clocked in Bhopal."

The Championships will be held across four disciplines which is swimming, diving water polo & synchronised swimming.

The event will have participants in open category (18 years & above), as well as Age Groups I (15-17 years) & II (14 years & below).

In the previous edition, India won a total of 40 medals in swimming with five gold, 13 silver & 22 bronze while in diving, India won 3 gold, two silver & three bronze.