SAI sanctions two-month coaching in Dubai for swimmers

New Delhi, August 15

Eyeing Olympic berths, Indian swimmers Virdhawal Khade, Srihari Nataraj and Kushagra Rawat will resume their coaching later this month in Dubai after a protracted hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sports Authority of India stated on Saturday.

The Indian trio, who will practice at Dubai’s Aqua Nation Swimming Academy, might be accompanied by coach AC Jayarajan for a two-month stint at a value of round Rs 35 lakh forward of the Tokyo Olympics.

“Sports Authority of India has approved two months training for three Olympic probable swimmers who will be accompanied by a coach, at a cost of around 35 lakhs ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics,” SAI stated in a launch.

The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has already initiated the visa processing and is concentrating on the final week of August to ship the swimmers to Dubai.

“We have already started working on the visa and as soon as that comes through and the flight tickets are done they will be off to Dubai,” stated secretary normal Monal Chokshi

“We were targeting 20th of August but that’s too soon, so realistically we will try for August 24-25,” he added.

The swimmers will even have the help of the nationwide coach Pradeep S Kumar, who’s already current on the academy in Dubai.

“Srihari’s coach Jayarajan will be travelling with the swimmers. Pradeep Kumar is also there at the same academy,” Chokshi knowledgeable.

Khade (50m freestyle), Nataraj (100m backstroke) and Rawat (400m, 800m, 1500m freestyle) have breached the ‘B’ qualification mark for the Tokyo Games.

The swimmers have been relieved to know they are going to lastly be capable of resume coaching.

“I am excited and glad that this is happening. I would like to thank SFI and SAI for their support and effort to get us back into the pool. I hope other swimmers can also resume training soon,” stated Srihari.

“I am very excited that I will get to swim after five months. I’ll have to monitor how my performance is, assess my level. My motivation has definitely risen after hearing about the camp,” stated Rawat.

Swimmers in India haven’t entered the swimming pools since March 25 when the primary coronavirus-forced lockdown was introduced. Though there was some easing of restrictions, the usage of swimming pools stays prohibited within the nation until August 31.

The SAI stated the choice to permit the swimmers to coach in Dubai was taken “in view of the present prevailing scenario as swimming swimming pools in India should not but accessible as a security measure because of the COVID-19 pandemic”.     

Nataraj, who achieved the ‘B’ qualification mark final 12 months within the 100m backstroke occasion with a nationwide file 54.69 seconds, must carry his timing all the way down to 53.85 seconds to make certain of a Tokyo Games spot.

Rawat had achieved the ‘B’ qualification mark within the three occasions of 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle.

Three different swimmers – Sajan Prakash, Aryan Makhija and Advait Page – have additionally achieved the ‘B’ qualification mark of their respective occasions for the Olympics and are aiming for the ‘A’ commonplace.

Prakash, who spent your entire lockdown at an academy in Phuket, began coaching when the swimming pools opened in Thailand, whereas Makhija and Page flew again to the USA to their respective universities and resumed coaching there. PTI

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