The Rio Olympic Games is less than fifty days away, however, the Swimming Federation of India is yet to determine on the final list for Rio as all contenders have attained only the B qualification mark to this point.
Virendra Nanavati, FINA swimming member, and Asian Swimming Federation vice-president told that India can seek for a minimum of 2 quotas. “Four have B timings, and that we can aim to grab a minimum of 2 spots — one each in men and women. If we get another quota, it’ll be even better. Whoever has gotten the most points among men are going to be selected. we’ll request FINA for special quota for a girl under the tripartite rules,” he said. “We cannot choose who can represent India until all qualifiers are over. What if someone secures A qualification mark?”
The final date for qualification is July 3, once that the list of swimmers who have made the Rio cut are announced by FINA, the world body.
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Kerala National Games best Swimmer Sajan will visit the final qualifier in Hong Kong in a bid to seal a Rio berth. “Hong Kong are going to be the final qualifying event for Rio because it will be held on July 2 and 3. Since the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the system has been that 900 swimmers participate at the Games. people who make the A grade get direct entry. B-cut swimmers get chosen based on the number of points accrued. My aim is to induce as near the highest of that B list as potential, and additionally swimming below two minutes eighty seconds,” said Sajan. The 400m freestyle specialist, who has been coaching at Ph¬uket since last April, can return to Bengaluru to train under national coach Pradeep Kumar.
Pradeep was of the opinion that any of the four men may make the cut. “All depends on the last qualifying event. After that, all is in the hands of FINA, as they are the final decision-makers. we may end up with more berths than expected, with the Russians situation still not sorted,” said the coach.
However, 2010 Asian Games bronze winner Khade won’t be going to any of the 3 meets.