Likhit Selvaraj alleges manipulation in timing during Uzbekistan event, pleads FINA to analyze
Indian swimmer Likhit Selvaraj on Wednesday alleged that the timings were “manipulated” through the current Uzbekistan Open Championships assure Olympics qualification of local participants and called for a probe into the matter by world human anatomy FINA.
In a video clip published you Tube, he even decided to go to the extent of saying that the organisers regarding the April 13-17 Olympic qualifying occasion in Tashkent attempted to bribe him as he protested.
“It was quite sad and heart-breaking to see countless manipulation of timings in favour of couple of Uzbekistan swimmers which also lead to incorrect times being recorded for the Indian swimmers,” he stated in video clip.
“I request all of those other swimmers ahead away and FINA to introduce an investigation and act from the necessary person or swimmers who’re involved in this.”
The 22-year-old reigning national winner Selvaraj had claimed silver medals into the 50m and 100m breaststroke activities in Tashkent.
He could be near to reaching the Olympics B qualification time of 1:01.72 in 100m breaststroke. His individual best in the big event was 1:02.02.
He noticed that the 100m freestyle warms from the starting time as well as the 100m butterfly heats regarding last time would have to be viewed by FINA. He uploaded the video clips for the heats and final competition.
“It began with 100m freestyle on Day 1 in which Aleksey Tarasenko (of Uzbekistan) who swam 51 seconds in the heats, but their time had been changed to 48.55 and given the ‘A’ cut when it comes to Olympics. They did not show enough time regarding board. They had shut it off,” he stated.
He advertised exactly the same thing had been duplicated regarding the final day and screen board ended up being once more shut down during 100m butterfly occasion plus the organisers did not share the timings for the Indians.
“in 100m butterfly warms, Sajan Prakash finished first in the warms with an occasion of 54 moments. We examined enough time manually due to the fact outcomes were not showing. But when the results arrived on the scene, it was quite shocking. Tarasenko was presented with first with a time of 52.02 and Sajan 52.74.”
Another Indian swimmer in the case, D Adithya, who had clocked 56.43 in Karnataka State Championships at the beginning of March, was credited with a flattering period of 53.45 seconds, additionally matching the ‘B’ traditional for Olympic certification.
“the changing times of top 8 swimmers had been controlled,” Selvaraj stated.
He stated he protested by maybe not taking part in their event despite the fact that he moved up to the blocks.
“I had my 200m breaststroke final from the last time. Witnessing all of this performedn’t make me personally need swim. Alternatively, I proceeded the blocks so when the beginning was presented with, We never hopped in, I never ever dived in for my double breaststroke finals.
“Instead, i simply froze regarding the obstructs for the next 2 mins and 5 moments. After that, we came down, we moved the touchpad and ended personal time, asked the officials if it had been the latest world-record to show them that whatever they had been performing had been incorrect and I also simply left the share,” he said.
Selvaraj said he had been followed by the officials plus the organisers in which he informed them these were cheating.
“They explained ‘you do not understand the politics, we’ve been offered guidelines from higher authorities to deliver 10 Olympic a cuts from Uzbekistan. They attempted to bribe me personally with lots of money to help keep my mouth closed. We declined. Later on, they were begging me to not ever place this available.
“short while later they came ultimately back in my opinion, they demanded a page from my side that has to convey that I happened to be psychologically unstable and I had been deaf, therefore I couldn’t hear the start when they provided the buzzer enter the 200m breaststroke.”
Published at Wed, 21 Apr 2021 16:06:09 +0000