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Swimming – The sport hit worst in India due to COVID-19 pandemic

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While the world is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, sports have taken a backseat with a majority of events being postponed and delayed. It's been more than three months since the lockdown in India, and while our sportspersons are preparing for a return, swimming as a sport, faces the gravest of time staring at a precarious future.  Swimming pools and...

Unlock 2.0 – Gyms, sports and swimming pools yet to get the nod

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Unlock 2.0 is the government’s decision to slowly resume essential services and slowly transition into normal life without the health risks that have swept the country amidst the pandemic. This unlock has seen decreased restrictions for shop owners, restaurants and other services. Schools and educational institutions remain closed until further notice. Gyms, swimming pools and other health and sports...

Might have to consider retirement if swimming pools don’t open for training: Virdhawal Khade

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Frustrated at not being able to resume training, Asian Games bronze medallist Virdhawal Khade on Sunday said he may consider retiring from the sport if swimming pools continue to remain shut due to restrictions. Khade said the delay in resumption of training would put the Indian swimmers at a huge disadvantage ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games. Several countries including Thailand,...

Swimming Federation requests ministry to allow opening pools for training

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The Swimming Federation of India has requested the sports Ministry to seek the home ministry's explicit consent for reopening of pools inside sports complexes so that elite swimmers can resume training. In the Ministry of Home Affairs' guidelines for the fourth phase of the COVID-19 lockdown, sports complexes and stadia have been allowed to open without spectators, clearing the...

Swimming World Championships moved from 2021 to 2022

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The next swimming world championships, scheduled for summer 2021 in Japan, have been pushed back until May 2022 following the postponement of the Olympic Games, the sport's governing body said Monday. The world championships were due to be held in Fukuoka next year from July 16-August 1 but will instead take place from May 13-29 in 2022, the international swimming...

Need to focus on swimming to excel in Olympics: Kiren Rijiju

India will have to focus on aquatic sports, especially swimming if the country wants to excel in Olympic Games, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday. Insisting that success in swimming is pivotal for any country in the Olympics because of the number of medals the sport offers, Rijiju said India need to act fast to be competitive in the...

Swimming Federation to start online workshop for coaches

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With pools out of bound to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has decided to start an online learning program for coaches across the country to utilise the "golden time". The programme titled 'Swim Coaches Knowledge Series 1', will be a string of workshops which will start on Thursday and go on till May 14. Backed...

Started swimming at five, this 37-year-old has since lapped everyone

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‘Age is just a number!’ Call it a polite gesture, or a common belief. One that is often more preached than practiced. But while some may oppose it, there are rare few individuals who live by it every single day. Swimmer Richa Mishra is used to people making a big deal about her age, but she keeps defying it...

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