Uzbekistan Open Championships: Timings manipulated to learn native swimmers, alleges Likhit Selvaraj
New Delhi: Indian swimmer Likhit Selvaraj on Wednesday alleged that the timings had been “manipulated” in the course of the current Uzbekistan Open Championships to make sure Olympics qualification of native members and known as for a probe into the matter by world physique FINA.
In a video uploaded on YouTube, he even went to the extent of claiming that the organisers of the 13-17 April Olympic qualifying occasion in Tashkent tried to bribe him when he protested.
“It was fairly unhappy and heart-breaking to see lot of manipulation of timings in favour of few Uzbekistan swimmers which additionally resulted to flawed occasions being recorded for the Indian swimmers,” he stated within the video.
“I request all the opposite swimmers to come back out and FINA to launch an investigation and take motion towards the mandatory particular person or swimmers who’re concerned on this.”
The 22-year-old reigning nationwide champion Selvaraj had received silver medals within the 50m and 100m breaststroke occasions in Tashkent.
He’s near reaching the Olympics B qualification time of 1:01.72 in 100m breaststroke. His private greatest within the occasion was 1:02.02.
He identified that the 100m freestyle heats on the opening day and the 100m butterfly heats on the ultimate day wanted to be checked out by FINA. He uploaded the movies of the heats and ultimate race.
“It began off with 100m freestyle on Day 1 the place Aleksey Tarasenko (of Uzbekistan) who swam 51 seconds within the heats, however his time was modified to 48.55 and given the ‘A’ reduce for the Olympics. They didn’t show the time on the board. That they had shut it off,” he stated.
He claimed the identical factor was repeated on the final day and show board was once more shut down throughout 100m butterfly occasion and the organisers didn’t share the timings of the Indians.
“Within the 100m butterfly heats, Sajan Prakash completed first within the heats with a time of 54 seconds. We checked the time manually as a result of the outcomes weren’t exhibiting. However as soon as the outcomes got here out, it was fairly surprising. Tarasenko was given first with a time of 52.02 and Sajan 52.74.”
The opposite Indian swimmer within the occasion, D Adithya, who had clocked 56.43 within the Karnataka State Championships in early March, was credited with a flattering time of 53.45 seconds, additionally matching the ‘B’ Customary for Olympic qualification.
“The occasions of high 8 swimmers had been manipulated,” Selvaraj stated.
He stated he protested by not collaborating in his occasion regardless that he went as much as the blocks.
“I had my 200m breaststroke ultimate on the final day. Seeing all this did not make me wish to swim. As a substitute, I went on the blocks and when the beginning was given, I by no means jumped in, I by no means dived in for my twin breaststroke finals.
“As a substitute, I simply froze on the blocks for the subsequent 2 minutes and 5 seconds. After that, I got here down, I touched the touchpad and stopped my very own time, requested the officers if it was the brand new world file to point out them that what they had been doing was flawed and I simply left the pool,” he stated.
Selvaraj stated he was adopted by the officers and the organisers and he instructed them they had been dishonest.
“They instructed me ‘you do not perceive the politics, we now have been given directions from larger authorities to ship 10 Olympic A cuts from Uzbekistan’.
“They tried to bribe me with some huge cash to maintain my mouth shut. I declined. Later, they had been begging me to not put this on the market.
“Jiffy later they got here again to me, they demanded a letter from my facet which has to state that I used to be mentally unstable and I used to be deaf, so I couldn’t hear the beginning after they gave the buzzer go within the 200m breaststroke.”
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