Srihari Nataraj (TOI Picture)
NEW DELHI: A second lockdown imposed by the Karnataka authorities to include the unfold of coronavirus has prevented Srihari Nataraj, Indian nationwide document holder in males’s 100 metres backstroke, from coaching within the pool for every week.
“I’ve not skilled within the pool for nearly every week. The state authorities hasn’t given permission to open swimming swimming pools, even for the elite swimmers. With out coaching in an Olympic dimension 50 metres pool it isn’t attainable to carry out nicely in competitions,” Nataraj instructed IANS from Bengaluru.
Final month Nataraj, 20, broke the nationwide 100m backstroke document twice through the Uzbekistan Open Swimming Championships in Tashkent. However his nationwide document of 54.07 seconds fell in need of Olympic A qualification time of 53.85 seconds.
Natraj is amongst six Indian swimmers who’ve achieved Olympic B qualification marks of their respective occasions for the Tokyo Olympic Video games. As per guidelines, solely A qualification ensures computerized berth.
Regardless of assurance from the state sports activities minister, there is no such thing as a info concerning reopening of swimming services within the state, mentioned a swimming coach.
“Regardless of the very fact the deadline to attain A qualification time for swimmers to compete on the Olympics is June 27, elite Indian swimmers are struggling to observe. With no assist from the native authorities it has change into unimaginable to observe regularly,” identified the coach.
The Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23.