The national swimming team launched its final preparation for the Budapest World Championships on July 4 at the Olympic swimming pool of the Moulay Rachid National Sports Institute in Maamora. The three swimmers found themselves for two weeks to follow the preparation program concocted by Karim Lousteque. The latter assured the “Matin” that “the swimmers were well prepared in the beautiful setting of the Sports Institute Moulay Rachid”. The work concerned the development of speed, but also a psychological preparation to put the swimmers in the best dispositions before attacking the world.
The swimmers did not hide their satisfaction with this course. Driss Lahrichi, who will be aligned on the 50 and 100 backstroke, displays his ambition for these World Championships and assures him to continue to progress. “Between last year and this year, I improved my time in 100m backstroke by a second and a half, which is great. If I continue with this margin, I hope by 2020 to make a semi-final or a final at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, “he said. Regarding his participation in the world championships, Lahrichi said he was ready for the big event: “Yes, I’m ready for these championships. We are at the end of the season. These championships are just a bonus. We will try to achieve our best times, “he said. Hiba Hafsi, African champion in the 50 backstroke, is the only Moroccan swimmer to make the trip to Budapest. Very sharp just a few days to enter the scene, the swimmer of Olympique de Khouribga hopes to improve her times on the 50 and 100 backstroke. “I am aiming to improve my times,” she told us. The third swimmer to defend the colors of Morocco is Souhaïl Hamouchane, specialist in the 50 m freestyle and the 100 m crawl. The swimmer of the ASPTT Toulouse is satisfied with his preparation: “We are ready. We worked well. We did weight training and series. We will start sharpening to prepare well physically and morally. Concerning his goals, Hamouchane ensures that he goes to Budapest to improve his times and, why not, to qualify at the Olympics in Tokyo.