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Karnataka Swimming Association to provide Rs 15 Lakh relief package to 250 coaches and pool staff

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The Karnataka Swimming Association has announced that it will provide a three-month financial relief package worth Rs 15 lakh to coaches and pool staff in the state in dire need of monetary support after swimming pools remain shut into its sixth month due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Calling it a first-of-a-kind initiative by a state governing body for swimming...

I will train once swimming pools reopen in India: Virdhawal Khade

Virdhawal Khade
Five months of being away from the pool has caused a change in priorities for one of India's most accomplished swimmers, Virdhawal Khade, who says he is content focussing on the job that helped him stay afloat mentally till facilities don't reopen in India. The 2010 Asian Games bronze-winner opted out of a training camp in Dubai for Olympic...

Virdhawal Khade pulls out of swimming camp in Dubai citing “personal reasons”

Asian Games bronze medallist Virdhawal Khade on Tuesday pulled out of the two-month training camp being organised by the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) in Dubai for its Olympic hopefuls, citing personal reasons. The 28-year-old was supposed to travel to Dubai for the camp along with fellow swimmers Srihari Nataraj and Khushagra Rawat. The camp is expected to start...

Swimmer Virdhawal Khade could miss swimming camp in Dubai

Virdhawal Khade
Asian Games bronze medallist Virdhawal Khade could miss the two-month training camp organised by the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) for its Olympic hopefuls as he still awaits permission to leave from his employer, the Maharashtra government. Khade, who is a Tehsildar with Maharashtra government, has already been denied permission to attend the camp once. However, the 28-year-old has applied...

Swimming federation mulls training camp outside India if pools remain out of bounds

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The Swimming Federation of India on Tuesday said it will look to organise a training camp for its Olympic hopefuls outside the country if pools are not permitted to reopen in the third phase of relaxations to end the COVID-19 lockdown. The third phase of 'Unlock' starts on August 3 and SFI Secretary General Monal Chokshi told PTI that the...

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

FINA World Swimming Championships(25m)
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

Virdhawal Khade. (Source: Twitter)
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

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

Swimming World Championships
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...