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Indian swimmers cleared for Olympic qualifying occasions in Serbia and Rome


A 3-member Indian swimming staff, together with Srihari Nataraj, will go away for Serbia on Tuesday night time to compete within the Belgrade Trophy, a FINA-accredited Olympic qualifying occasion.

The occasion is scheduled to be on June 19 and 20.

Sajan Prakash is presently coaching in Dubai and is predicted to hitch the staff in Belgrade by June 12.

Aside from Olympic ‘B’ qualifying mark achievers Nataraj and Prakash, who’re hoping to make the A qualification mark, the staff contains seasoned again stroker Maana Patel, who not too long ago returned to type at a global meet in Uzbekistan.

There might be children Aryan Nehra, Shoan Ganguli, Tanish Mathew and Kenisha Gupta who’re a part of the TOPS (Goal Olympic Podium Scheme) group and have been displaying nice promise.

The staff, sans Nehra and Ganguli (who didn’t meet the qualification instances), will journey to Rome on June 23 to participate within the annual Sette Colli Trophy which can be a FINA-accredited Olympic Qualifying occasion, to be held on June 25, 26 and 27.

They are going to be accompanied by seasoned coaches Nihar Ameen and Pradeep Kumar.

In April this 12 months, the Indian swimmers had participated within the Uzbekistan Open, which was their first worldwide meet for the reason that COVID-19 lockdown in March final 12 months.

“The Indian swimmers, notably Srihari Nataraj, had performed exceedingly effectively within the Uzbekistan Open and obtained nearer to the A qualifying time within the 100m backstroke occasion,” mentioned Swimming Federation of India (SFI) govt director Virender Nanavati.

“… Sajan Parkash, Kenisha Gupta and Maana Patel posted spectacular performances of their respective occasions.

“They’ve been shaping up very well and we’re hopeful that they’ll have the ability to obtain the qualifying mark earlier than the cutoff date.”

SFI secretary basic Monal Chokshi emphasised that the competitors in Belgrade and Rome is not going to solely be an amazing alternative for the Olympic hopefuls to qualify however this will even present a very good publicity for the swimmers making ready for the forthcoming Asian Video games in 2022.

“Upon their arrival in Belgrade, the Indian swimmers might be stationed on the Serbian Nationwide Swim Workforce coaching facility. This can present an amazing publicity for our swimmers forward of the 2 Qualifying meets.

“The squad is in good type, and we expect them to swim sooner than what they did in Uzbekistan in April,” mentioned Chokshi.

Of the six Indian swimmers who’ve clocked the B qualifying time to this point, three of them are presently coaching within the USA.

Kushagra Rawat and Advait Web page might be taking part on the final qualification meet in USA from June 24-27.

“SFI is hopeful that a number of of our swimmers will obtain the A lower for Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020,” added Chokshi.

SFI president RN Jayaprakash expressed his gratitude to Sports activities Ministry, the Exterior Affairs Ministry and Sports activities Authority of India for clearing this journey.

Squad for Belgrade Trophy: Srihari Nataraj (50m & 100m Backstroke), Sajan Prakash (100 & 200m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle), Maana Patel (100m Backstroke), Kenisha Gupta (50m & 100m Freestyle), Tanish Mathew (100m,200m Butterfly,200 Free), Aryan Nehra (200m,400m,1500m Freestyle), Shoan Ganguli ( 200m,400m Particular person Medley, 100,200m Butterfly)

Squad for Setti Colli Trophy in Rome: Srihari Nataraj (50m & 100m Backstroke), Sajan Prakash (100 & 200m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle), Maana Patel (100m Backstroke), Kenisha Gupta (50m & 100m Freestyle), Tanish Mathew (200m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly).

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