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600 coaches, parents and swimmers appeal to the Govt to re-open swimming pools

The swimming fraternity in Karnataka put up a unanimous front assembling at Shri Kanteerava Stadium to appeal to the Karnataka Government

600 coaches, parents and swimmers appeal to the Govt to re-open swimming pools
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 The swimming fraternity got together to appeal to the govt

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Team Bridge

Updated: 2021-04-07T12:54:28+05:30

The swimming fraternity in Karnataka put up a unanimous front with over 600 coaches, members from affiliated clubs, parents and swimmers assembling at Shri Kanteerava Stadium on Monday to appeal to the Karnataka Government to reopen the swimming pools.

A team from Karnataka Swimming Association (KSA) led by its President Retd IPS Gopal Hosur also met with Chief Minister BS Yeddiyurappa and put forth their plea to reopen the Swimming Pools. "This morning we had a fruitful meeting with the Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri BS Yediyurappa and we also met with Medical Education and Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar and appealed to them to reopen the swimming pools.

We have also requested the Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar to consider our plea and allow competitive swimmers to train as a 20-day shut down will be a major setback for them in an Olympic year. With the new order to keep the pools closed, over 1000 competitive swimmers in the state will be put out of practice. We expect some relief from the Government by Tuesday, 6th April," stated Retd IPS Gopal Hosur.


On 2nd April, the Karnataka Government issued an order to shut down swimming pools across the state till 20 April 2020. With the swimming pools remaining shut almost all of 2020, the fraternity was getting back on its feet since early 2021, but the recent government order came as a big jolt to the sport. "Over 10,000 families depend on swimming pools for their living.
Karnataka swimming has dominated in the last 30 years and we have produced many Olympians from here. But unfortunately, due to the shutting down of swimming pools, not just the careers of these bright young swimmers are at stake but also careers of thousands of coaches and pool maintenance staff is also at stake. They depend on swimming for their livelihood and our sport was beginning to see some semblance in the past few months, but Karnataka's recent order will affect many lives," explained Satish M Kumar, Secretary, KSA.
The KSA also emphasized that swimming is one of the safest sports to pursue as covid-19 virus does not spread through water, particularly chlorinated water. "As per the report by CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) covid-19 does not spread through water. In fact, the report clearly states that chlorine water is one of the best disinfectants. We have explained the same to the CM and the health minister in our appeal," added Satish.


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