Khade says that he Might have to consider retirement if swimming pools don’t open for training
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, parts of Australia and UK have opened swimming pools, allowing athletes to return to training.
New Delhi, Jun 14 (PTI) 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.
‘Might have to consider retiring from swimming . No news or communication of any sorts for being able to start swimming again. Wish swimming was treated the same as other sports in India.
However, even as the ministry of home affairs announced guidelines to ease restrictions, opening markets and shopping malls, swimming pools in India remain out of bound amidst rapidly-rising coronavirus cases.
The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has been requesting 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.
According to the SFI, opening swimming pools for elite athletes is not the same as ‘recreational swimming’ that is still barred as per the MHA guidelines.
Six swimmers including, Khade, Sajan Prakash and Srihari Natraj have achieved the ‘B’ qualification in their respective events for the postponed-Olympics and are hoping to make the ‘A’ standard.
Noted coach Nihar Ameen also appealed to the sports minister to look into the matter.
‘Silence from MYAS is deafening. Appeals to resume training of elite swimmers beg the ear of our honourable minister of sports,’ Ameen tweeted