India swimmer S.P. Likith has alleged that organizers on the lately 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 creating 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.
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 mentioned it was a mark of protest.
“I touched the pad and stopped my very own time and requested the officers if it was the brand new world document to indicate them that what they have been doing was mistaken,” Likith mentioned. He even claimed that the native officers provided him a bribe in order that he doesn’t go public along with his grievances.
However the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) mentioned 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.