Likith claims Uzbek officers provided a bribe to not go public together with his grievances
India swimmer S.P. Likith has alleged that organisers on the not too long ago held Uzbekistan Open Swimming Championships (April 13-17) tampered with race timings to swimsuit native athletes.
The competitors was a Tokyo 2020 qualification occasion, the place Srihari Nataraj got here inside 0.22 seconds of constructing the A-cut in 100m backstroke and Indian swimmers completed with a wealthy haul of medals.
“Likith, who was trying the make the B-cut for Tokyo, secured silver medals in 50m and 100m breaststroke occasions.
In a YouTube video uploaded on Wednesday, Likith claimed that timings within the 100m freestyle heats on the opening day and the 100m butterfly heats on the ultimate day have been fudged and urged FINA, world swimming’s governing physique, to look into the matter.
Mark of protest
On the ultimate day of the competitors, Likith had refused to dive into the pool within the 200m breaststroke occasion and simply stood on the beginning block for over two minutes. He stated it was a mark of protest. “I touched the pad and stopped my own time and asked the officials if it was the new world record to show them that what they were doing was wrong,” Likith stated.
He even claimed that the native officers provided him a bribe in order that he doesn’t go public together with his grievances.
However the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) stated that the problems with the heats timings have been corrected earlier than the ultimate within the respective occasions after Indian coaches and swimmers current on the web site flagged them. Monal Chokshi, SFI secretary additionally didn’t approve of Likith’s conduct on the ultimate day of the occasion in Tashkent.
“He didn’t approach us,” stated Chokshi, about Likith airing his views in public. “On the primary day, heats instances have been an issue and the show was not working. So, our coaches introduced it to the organisers’ consideration.
Final day too, heats timings have been unsuitable. However the last begin lists and the outcomes have been positive. That’s what our coaches informed us.”
“He [Likith] cannot protest the way he did. Heats timings were wrong and for even our swimmers they posted faster times! Everything was corrected,” Chokshi added.