The three swimmers are Virdhawal Khade (50m freestyle), Srihari Nataraj (100m backstroke), Kushagra Rawat (400m freestyle) and they will train at Dubai’s Aqua Nation Swimming Academy. All three swimmers have breached the B qualification mark for the Olympics.
This decision was taken in lieu of the current prevailing situation as swimming pools in India are not yet accessible as a safety measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The training in Dubai will allow athletes to practise and improve their timing to “Olympic Qualification mark- A Time”. The covid-19 pandemic had halted the training of India’s swimmers since March 2020.
Report by Tapas Bhattacharya