Srihari Nataraj, Sajan Prakash amongst Indian swimmers cleared to take part in Olympic qualifying occasions in Belgrade, Rome-Sports activities Information , Alenz

Srihari Nataraj, Sajan Prakash amongst Indian swimmers cleared to take part in Olympic qualifying occasions in Belgrade, Rome-Sports activities Information , Alenz

Aside from Olympic ‘B’ qualifying mark achievers Nataraj and Prakash, who’re hoping to make the A qualification mark, the group includes seasoned again stroker Maana Patel, who just lately returned to type at a global meet in Uzbekistan.

Srihari Nataraj, Sajan Prakash among Indian swimmers cleared to participate in Olympic qualifying events in Belgrade, Rome

File picture of Srihari Nataraj, AFP

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

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

Sajan Prakash is presently coaching in Dubai and is anticipated to affix the group in Belgrade by 12 June.

Aside from Olympic ‘B’ qualifying mark achievers Nataraj and Prakash, who’re hoping to make the A qualification mark, the group includes seasoned again stroker Maana Patel, who just lately returned to type at a global meet in Uzbekistan.

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

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 because the COVID-19 lockdown in March final 12 months.

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

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

“They’ve been shaping up rather well and we’re hopeful that they may be capable to obtain the qualifying mark earlier than the cutoff date.”

SFI secretary basic Monal Chokshi emphasised that the competitors in Belgrade and Rome won’t solely be an amazing alternative for the Olympic hopefuls to qualify however this can even present an excellent publicity for the swimmers making ready for the forthcoming Asian Video games in 2022.

“Upon their arrival in Belgrade, the Indian swimmers can be stationed on the Serbian Nationwide Swim Staff 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 predict them to swim sooner than what they did in Uzbekistan in April,” stated Chokshi.

Of the six Indian swimmers who’ve clocked the B qualifying time thus far, three of them are at present coaching within the USA.

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

“SFI is hopeful that a number of of our swimmers will obtain the A reduce 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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