Swim body OKs Olympic medalist Sanchez’s transfer as Filipino athlete


SWIMMING’S international federation approved Kayla Sanchez’s change of nationality from Canada to the Philippines effective Thursday (July 6).

“The World Aquatics has approved the request for the sport nationality’s change of the Athlete [Sanchez], born on 7 April 2001, in the Aquatics sports of Swimming, from Canada [CAN] to Philippines [PHI],” said World Aquatics Legal Counsel Loic Loutan in a letter dated Tuesday (July 4) and transmitted to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on Thursday.

“Therefore, the Athlete is entitled to represent Philippines [PHI] in international competitions from 6 July 2023 onwards,” Loutan added.

The POC, through its president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, fervently pursued Sanchez’s change of nationality for the past year, which included her completing a year-long residency requirement.

“Finally the good news,” Tolentino said. “The country now has a very strong anchor in its national swimming team.”

Sanchez will officially start swimming for the Philippines in the Hangzhou 19th Asian Games set September 23 to October 8. She won’s be competing upon the advice of her coach at the world aquatics championships that starts July 14 in Fukuoka, Japan.

“Thank you so much for helping me get the approval from World Aquatics,” Sanchez earlier told Tolentino.

Sanchez was part of Canada’s silver medal-clinching 4×100 meters freestyle relay team at the Tokyo Olympics. She also owns three world championships gold medals while swimming for Canada.

Read full article on BusinessMirror