Five Indian swimming champions – Sandeep Sejwal, Aaron D’Souza, Virdhawal Khade, Saurav Sangvekar and Sajan Prakash are set to represent India for the World Championship held in Kazan, Russia from July 24th to August 9th 2015. The event at Kazan is an opening gate to Rio Olympics 2016 based on their performance in Kazan championship.
The young swimmers who had submitted the proposal to the government regarding exposure trips to Europe and US are awaiting the permission to train abroad and gain exposure before the great event at Kazan. “I’m happy that I was able to qualify for the Worlds early, which gives me time to prepare myself and get ready for the challenge. Obviously, going abroad and training would’ve been a great boost for us and our chances, but that’s not in out hands,” says one of the swimmers.
The senior national swimmer Sandeep Sejwal says, “Obviously, the goal for every one of us is to make the cutoffs so that we can qualify for Rio. And personally, a top-16 finish will give me a chance to enter the evening races, which is a big thing.”
While awaiting permission from government to train abroad, the swimmers continue to train for the largest multi-athletic event. The swimming champs are getting trained for Kazan event in Bengaluru except for Khade who has moved to Mumbai after the National Games in Kerala. The renowned coach Nihar Ameen used to train Virdhawal along with Sejwal. Sandeep Sejwal, who gained popularity by winning a continental medal was the third swimmer from India at Incheon Asian Games last year, is now geared up to swim against the waves at Kazan 2015.