ISLAMABAD - Around 325 players will be featuring in the 49th National Men's Swimming Championship 2009, scheduled to be kicked from Friday (today) here at PSB's Swimming Pools, Pakistan Sports Complex. Secretary Pakistan Swimming Federation (PSF), Major Majid Waseem told reporters in a press conference at Media Centre that 9th National Men's Water Polo Championship would also start same day at same venue in which 12 affiliated units with PSF would fight for the both titles. "However, army men will defend their title after competing all 19 disciplines. Federation will also select two athletes for the 13th World Swimming Championship 2009 that will be held in Italy from July 21 to August 3. Top national girls Kiran Khan and Ghulam Sakina have already been chosen for this high profiled swimming event," he added. He further said that Army, Navy, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Punjab, Sindh, NWFP, Baluchistan, Islamabad, Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), WAPDA, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Railway would be competing for the top honour in the 3-day national swimming gala. Responding to a question, Major Majid Waseem said that the competitions of the 9th National Men's Water Polo Championship would be taking place in the outer swimming pool and all 12 teams would be seen in action. "All teams have arrived in Islamabad for the competitions and arrangements have also been given final touches for holding this major national swimming event in a benefiting manners," he viewed. "The Islamabad Swimming Association (ISA) is the host of the event with the full support of PSF. The federation is going to conduct an international technical swimming course at Media Centre of Pakistan Sports Board (PSF) from June 22 to July 1 in which Ben Makuo, an international qualified swimming official, will deliver the lectures during the course to enhance the technical knowledge of the participants, "he described. Majid further disclosed that PSF would hold summer training camps at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad simultaneously with the theme of "learn to swim" from June 22. However, only age group of under 8 to 12 would be eligible to attend the camps. "We have also written letters to schools to send their children for participation in the camps. We are expecting the parents will allow their kids to join these training camps, "he hoped. "The federation is also eyeing the upcoming international swimming fixtures including 1st Asian Youth Games, Islamic Solidarity Games and 11th South Asian Games. Our two players Ghulam Sakina and her brother Ghulam Muhammad have been selected for the regional mega event that will be held from June 29 to July 7 in Singapore. We are also looking to start training camp for the 11th South Asian Games 2010, which will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh," he said. While replying a question regarding the foreign coach, secretary PSF said that federation was looking for a suitable coach for the male as well as female players. "We had contacted with a Chine coach and he was not perfect in the English speaking and there could be language barrier between the coach and players. So, we are looking for a coach from Europe," he concluded.