The Indian trio Virdhawal Khade, Srihari Nataraj and Kushagra Rawat who have been in quarantine for the past few months are to resume their practice early in September.
Sports Authority of India (SAI) sanctions two month training in Dubai for Olympic probable swimmers. The permission is for the swimmers to practice for the Olympic game trials to be held in Dubai. The Indian trio Virdhawal Khade (50m freestyle), Srihari Nataraj (100 backstroke) and Kushagra Rawat (400m freestyle) who have been in quarantine for the past few months are to resume their practice early in September. SAI has alloted a sum of Rs. 35 lakhs as training cost ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed to 2021 due to the corona virus pandemic.
“The training in Dubai will allow athletes to practise and improve their timing to Olympic Qualification mark-A Time,” the SAI said.
The SAI further added that the decision to allow swimmers to practice in Dubai is “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.”