NEW DELHI: Sajan Prakash and Shivani Katariya have achieved ‘A’ qualification mark for Rio Olympics on Tuesday. Both of them will represent India in the swimming events at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
India have achieved two quota for the Olympics. The two swimmers will participate in the Games under Universality quota.
Kerala-born Sajan, 22, will swim in the men’s 200m butterfly while 18-year-old Shivani will compete in the women’s 200m freestyle.
Both of them have taken training in Phuket along with Shivani Kataria under a FINA scholarship. Shivani was the second best in terms of FINA points after Asian Games bronze medallist Sejwal who had 822 points in 200m breaststroke and 808 points in 100m breaststroke.
After the qualification window shut on July 3, India was awarded Universality places (one man and one woman) by FINA.
Sajan was selected by SFI selection committee instead of Sandeep Sejwal, Virdhawal Khade, Aaron D’Souza and Saurabh Sangvekar, all of whom had participated in the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.
Shivani and Sajan will be accompanied by National coach Pradeep Kumar.
“Sajan has been a consistent performer this season. That’s why he was selected when Pradeep, Wilson Cherian, the president (Digambar Kamat) said.
“Sandeep’s performance in Hong Kong was not up to the mark while Virdhawal has not been able to fully devote himself to training owing to his job,” said SFI secretary Kamlesh Nanavati, on the sidelines of the junior National meet here.