Asian Games Medallist Swimmer Virdhawal Khade Might “Consider Retirement” If Pools Don’t Open For Training

Asian Games bronze medallist Virdhawal Khade said the delay in resumption of training would put the Indian swimmers at a huge disadvantage ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games.

Frustrated at not being able to resume training, Asian Games bronze medallist Virdhawal Khade on Sunday said he may consider retiring from the sport if swimming pools continue to remain shut due to restrictions. Khade said the delay in resumption of training would put the Indian swimmers at a huge disadvantage ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games. Several countries including Thailand, parts of Australia and the UK have opened swimming pools, allowing athletes to return to training. However, even as the ministry of home affairs announced guidelines to ease restrictions, opening markets and shopping malls, swimming pools in India remain out of bound amidst rapidly-rising coronavirus cases.

“Might have to consider retiring from swimming . No news or communication of any sorts for being able to start swimming again. Wish swimming was treated the same as other sports in India. Person shrugging @IndiaSports @RijijuOffice @KirenRijiju @swimmingfedera1 @Nihar44190177,” Khade tweeted.

The MHA had allowed opening up of stadia without spectators and several Olympic-bound athletes have resumed training.

“Almost 3 months since the swimmers in India entered the pool. If other competitive athletes can follow social distancing while training, competitive swimmers can do the same as well. I hope other Olympic swimming prospects don’t consider retiring because of this,” he added.

The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has been requesting the sports ministry to seek the home ministry’s explicit consent for reopening of pools inside sports complexes so that elite swimmers can resume training.

According to the SFI, opening swimming pools for elite athletes is not the same as “recreational swimming” that is still barred as per the MHA guidelines. Last month, the SFI had sought permission from the sports ministry, IOA and the SAI to resume training for swimmers, who have achieved the ‘B’ qualification mark for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

“Absolutely zero feedback. Regular follow up with MYAS is yielding no results. All appeals to permit elite and competitive training to resume are hitting a wall at MHA. Without MHA permission, no state government willing to permit,” SFI Secretary General, Monal Chokshi told PTI.

“Unfortunately the decision makers in the MHA seem to think malls & restaurants are safe while allowing top athletes to train in controlled environments is unsafe,” he added.


Katy Aquatics in Texas is hosting an LCM time trial for their senior squads today. 17-year-old Andres Saa swam a lifetime best in the 100 fly, breaking 1:00 for the first time with a 59.58. Saa entered today with a personal best of 1:00.33, which he had swum back in June of 2019. He nearly made it 2-for-2 on the day, swimming a 2:17.63 in the 200 IM, which comes in just off his lifetime best of 2:16.68. 16-year-old teammate Brandon Guo also swam a lifetime best in the 100 fly, where he raced to a 1:01.42 finish. The swim knocked a whopping 1.75 seconds off Guo’s personal best, which was also from June 2019. Guo then swam the 50 free, where he posted yet another lifetime best. He swam a 25.36, undercutting his previous best of 25.42.

Another 16-year-old, Nick Schmid, also swam 2 lifetime bests today. Schmid first swam a 2:15.16 in the 200 IM, cutting 1.39 seconds off his personal best. He then turned around and swam a 1:00.28, dropping 1,08 seconds and nearly breaking the 1:00 barrier.

Rising Texas A&M sophomore William Coakley swam a 54.23 in the 100 free, coming in about 1.4 seconds off his personal best of 52.82, which he swam last August. It appears Coakley wanted to take a second stab at the 100 free, swimming a blistering 54.65 on the first 100 of the 200 free later in the meet. He came home with a 1:34 on the second 100 of the race, indicating he was going for a split time at the 100. Coakley is mostly a middle-distance freestyler, holding personal bests of 1:38.27 and 4:23.70 in 200 and 500 free respectively.

Indiana recruit Mac Boyle looks to be working his way back into the swing of things, clocking a 1:01.96 100 back. Boyle has a personal best of 57.82 from last Summer. He then swam the 100 fly, where he touched in 1:03.25, roughly the same margin off his 59.43 personal best. His swims today were more or less in line with his non-championship meet swims from last Summer in those events.

Texas recruit Emma Sticklen opted to swim both fly events. Sticklen clocked a quick 1:02.39 in the 100 fly, coming in not far off her lifetime best of 1:00.59. Sticklen then swam the 200 fly, where she touched in 2:20.85, which is roughly 7 seconds off her personal best.

Cal recruit Tyler Kopp swam a lifetime best 54.16 in the 100 free. The time was 1.32 seconds faster than his previous best of 55.48, which he had just swum back in January. Kopp also swam well in the 200 IM, where he posted a 2:11.35, not too far off his personal best of 2:08.49.

Reese Voelkel was another 100 fly best time for Katy, swimming a 59.07 to break the 1:00 mark for the first time. Voelkel also swam the 200 back, where he touched in 2:13.60, a little off his 2:09.67 personal best. 16-year-old Logan Arnold dropped .01 seconds in the 100 fly as well, swimming a 1:03.03.

The 4 Sins of Swimming

1. Leaving early.

Five seconds apart. Not three. Not four. Definitely not two. Five. One, two, three, four, five. If you have yet to figure out how to read the pace clock, you can count out loud if need be.

Say it with me: One, two, three, four, five.

The sin of leaving early exponentially increases the risk of committing sin No. 2, which is a sin so evil it should only be punishable by repeated 200 butterflies.

2. Obnoxiously touching someone’s feet.

You know how annoying it is when you’re outside on a warm summer night and there are pesky mosquitos all around you that never seem to leave, no matter how many times you swat them away?

That is exactly what it’s like when someone behind you doesn’t. stop. touching. your. feet.

If you happen to be one of those swimmers who feels the need to give a teammate an unwanted foot massage in the middle of practice, you have one of four options:

  1. Speed up to pass them.
  2. Leave the full five seconds behind (See No.1: Leaving Early).
  3. Try leaving 10 seconds behind them. (10seconds, not nine).
  4. Stop.

Personally, I am a huge supporter of the fourth option.

3. Not letting someone pass you when they obnoxiously touch your feet.

Honestly, I don’t know what’s worse: Obnoxiously touching someone’s feet or refusing to let that person pass you. If someone is repeatedly touching your feet, let them pass you. Be nice about it. It’s not an insult if someone is touching your feet and it doesn’t mean you’re slow.

Lane Etiquette 101. Study up.

4. Sprinting warmup.

I will admit, I used to be one of those people. You know, the person who pretends that warmup is an Olympic final.

That is, until I had a life-changing realization.

I realized that warmup is in fact not an Olympic final. It’s not even a summer league race. It’s warmup, and you’re supposed to warm up, not aim for a new American record. The faster you warm up, the sooner you get to the main set, and nobody should be dying to get to that. (Spoiler alert: the main set will inevitably come, however, no matter how slow you swim during warmup).

Water sports complex in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk will not open completely

In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a 50-meter swimming pool of a water and health complex is starting to work. The sports facility will be available every day from July 13. However, the number of users will be limited.

As the acting Director of the water sports school Yevgeny Safronov told IA SakhalinMedia, such restrictions are associated with an unfavorable epidemic situation due to the coronavirus.

At the disposal of visitors will be 10 tracks 2-2. 3 m deep. A medical certificate is required to visit the pool. Also, in accordance with the recommendation of Rospotrebnadzor, you must come to the pool in a medical mask and measure the temperature at the entrance.

Earlier, Izvestia found out from well-known Russian epidemiologists and virologists where it is more likely to get infected with coronavirus. In the first place — rooms with poor ventilation, in the second — queues and public transport during rush hour. On the third floor there are bars, restaurants and karaoke clubs.

The Ministry of emergency situations recommended not to swim on air mattresses and cameras

EMERCOM experts warn that air mattresses and cameras are designed for sunbathing on the shore, not for swimming. On Friday, July 3, TASS reports with reference to the recommendations of the Ministry.

“One of the rules that will help at least not to spoil your vacation, and at most to save your life — is not to swim on air mattresses or cameras,” the report says.

The Department is also asked to refrain from swimming under the influence of alcohol and not to arrange games related to seizures.

Sometimes during swimming, convulsions may begin, in this case, the Ministry of emergency situations advises before entering the water to ” take a pin with you, fasten it to your swimming trunks.”

To avoid overheating, it is best to bathe in the morning or evening. The water temperature should not be lower than 18-19 degrees, and the air temperature — plus 20-25 degrees. Experts recommend that you relax on the official beach, where lifeguards and medical workers are on duty, because swimming even in a known place is associated with a certain risk.

Earlier, the head of ENT clinic, doctor Vladimir Zaitsev called favorable hours for beach holidays. According to him, the optimal time on the beach is from 8:00 to 12:30 and from 16:30 to 19:00, and the duration of being in the water for an adult is 10-15 minutes, 20 minutes maximum. The specialist clarified that a long swim in salt water can lead to rhinitis or pharyngitis due to over-dried mucous membranes.

Swimming: Benefit or harm? TOP 6 reasons to go swimming!

Swimming is a natural process
Unlike loads in the gym, which are often more harmful than useful, swimming is a natural process. There is not a lot of weight, as is often the case with a barbell, for example, there is no excessive physical exertion, and most importantly-the human body is as relaxed as possible and this allows you to remove the load from the spine, which is very beneficial for it. However-about everything in order.

The naturalness of the swimming process can only be compared with the naturalness of running – running and swimming are really conceived for a person by nature itself, as the two most common types of activity.

But with running, there is a problem of incorrect technique, poor-quality shoes and too hard surface, and all this in combination-often leads to the destruction of the spine and joints. Therefore, in the case of running – there are many important factors that determine whether running will be useful or Vice versa.

What can not be said about swimming, because even with the wrong technique-it is difficult to harm your health. The maximum that we are in danger of is swallowing water. On the other hand – and here the measure is important – to swim until complete exhaustion and exhaustion, too, is not quite reasonable.

And most importantly, despite the relaxation of the spine, almost all the muscles are involved in the swimming process, which allows you to develop harmoniously thanks only to the swimming process. Now let’s take a closer look at ten reasons to do swimming, a very useful type of physical activity.

Improving muscle tone as the main reason to take up swimming
Regardless of the chosen swimming style, all muscle groups are worked out, which allows you to keep them in good shape. With regular swimming, the strength and endurance of the muscles will increase.

During the swimming process, there is a uniform process of tension and relaxation of the muscles, which has a very positive effect on the process of their development. And the most interesting thing is that water supports the body to some extent in a weightless state, which allows you to avoid excessive stress on the muscles. Therefore, this is the main reason to go swimming.

Development of joint flexibility and mobility
Movements of the hands and feet during the swimming process have a beneficial effect on the shoulder and pelvic joints. The spine itself stretches out during swimming and all the vertebrae fall into place

Thus, even ordinary swimming can replace the services of a massage therapist and even solve problems with the spine and joints without any outside intervention. Swimming increases joint flexibility in the neck, shoulders and hips, which also helps prevent joint diseases.

Swimming for weight loss
Swimming is one of the most energy-intensive types of physical activity, because as mentioned above, almost all the muscles of our body are involved here. In water, the human body radiates much more heat and as a result-energy costs are higher, which contributes to rapid weight loss.

To lose weight while swimming, you should adhere to the following rules: it is constantly afloat, so that all the muscles are in constant tension. The second rule is constant active movement – so that the process of energy consumption does not stop.

The third rule – the most energy-consuming swimming style is “butterfly” and it should be preferred to lose weight. However, at the same time – swimming styles are recommended to alternate to give the body different types of loads.

And the most important rule – it is not recommended to eat for an hour after training, since eating will stop the process of burning calories in the body, and this is very important if you are engaged in swimming to reduce weight.

Also an important recommendation for the duration of training – to start the weight loss process-training should last at least 30 minutes, and the frequency is at least 2-3 times a week, and better still more

Strengthening other training sessions
In professional sports, swimming is one of the components of OFS-General physical training. That is, regardless of the sport-many professional athletes are engaged in swimming.

The reason for this was already mentioned above – swimming harmoniously trains and develops the body, which allows you to increase strength and endurance. And these indicators are important in any sport, and just in everyday life.

And most importantly – swimming allows you to recover from sports injuries, as the relaxation of the spine and joints during swimming – contributes to their recovery.

Improving the cardiovascular system
As mentioned above, swimming increases endurance. And such an indicator as endurance is, first of all, the endurance of the heart. Active movements during any of the swimming styles-cause the heart to pump blood more actively through the body.

As a result, the heart muscle is trained, blood flow improves, blood vessels are cleared, and so on. Swimming is one of the most effective types of prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Although if there is a problem with the heart or blood vessels, then swimming can be dangerous, but again, it is still less dangerous than most other sports.

FINA approved world record for the Russian swimmers at short course swimming

The international swimming Federation (FINA) has officially approved a new world record in the 4×50 meter mixed combined relay in a 25-meter pool. It was installed by Russians Kliment Kolesnikov, Vladimir Morozov, Arina Surkova and Maria Kameneva in December 2019.

  • FINA and the VFP congratulate Kliment, Vladimir, Arina and Maria and their coaches with the approval of the established world record — – said on the website of the all-Russian swimming Federation (VFP).
    Kolesnikov, Morozov, Surkova and Kameneva won gold at the December European Championships in Glasgow, with a time of 1 minute 36.22 seconds.

The head coach of the Russian national swimming team will join the team at the second training camp

The head coach of the Russian national swimming team, Sergey Chepik, will join the team at the second training camp at the Krugloe Lake base near Moscow. This was reported to the source by the specialist himself.

The second collection will begin immediately after the end of the first-on June 23.

Chepik decided to skip the first training camp, since a limited number of people are allowed to enter the base from each team. The coach gave his place to the team doctor.

Note that the bronze medalist of the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, world champion and record holder Anton Chupkov will leave the base on Saturday and will continue individual training in one of the Moscow pools from June 23.

“Only Anton will leave the gathering,” Chepik said.
We will remind, swimmers stopped by the “Round Lake” base in early June and resumed training after a two-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Efimova has not spoken to her mother for three years

The mother of six-time world champion swimmer Yulia Efimova Tatyana told about the difficult relationship with her daughter.

— Now I live with my civil husband on a pension of 8,500 rubles. I have four dogs, eight cats, and a vegetable garden. Previously, Yulia bought me beautiful things and household appliances. But then, in 2017, something happened, and she stopped communicating with me, — said Tatyana Efimova.
She noted that the discord in their relationship began after Efimova moved to the United States, after which the athlete stopped contacting her mother.

28-year-old Efimova is a six-time world champion, seven-time European champion and three-time Olympic medalist.


Marco Orsi will join Iron of the International Swimming League (ISL) for season 2, SwimSwam Italia’s Giusy Cisale reports. This will be Orsi’s first ISL appearance after he sat out season 1, as did many other of Italy’s top swimmers.

The 29-year old Orsi has earned major medals in both long course and short course, but the short course format (25 meter pools) of the ISL has been his strength. Of his 24 European medals, 22 have come in short course. That includes winning individual European titles in the 100 free in 2015 and the 100 IM in 2017.

He also won individual silvers in the 50 free at the 2014 World Short Course Championships and 100 IM at the 2018 World Short Course Championships.

Orsi is currently the Italian Record holder in both the 50 free and 100 IM in short course meters.

The Italian is the first named swimmer for Iron for the 2020 season. After the global coronavirus pandemic impacted the league’s plan to expand to a 6 month season beginning this fall, teams, for the most part, stopped announcing their rosters of athletes. The league had set a June timeline for those announcements, but the month is almost over without any indication that teams are prepared for that.

The team, which is led by GM Dorina Szekeres and captain Katinka Hosszu, was the 5th-best out of 8 in the first season of the ISL. In their 3 meets last season, Iron finished in 3rd place on 2 occasions and in 2nd place on another occasion, at the team’s ‘home meet’ in Budapest.

While Iron had a number of the biggest stars in the league last season, including high scorers Hosszu, Vlad Morozov, and Ranomi Kromowidjojo, they lacked the depth of the four teams ahead of them. This frequently was obvious in relays where, for one example, at the European derby, the women’s 400 free relays finished 5th and 7th out of 8 teams.

The only two teams that have revealed significant portions of their rosters are the Toronto Titans and Energy Standard, both clubs that began announcing athlete signings before the change in plans.

Styles of swimming

Sports (Olympic) swimming styles

  1. Freestyle (crawl on the chest)

Freestyle (aka front crawl), is sometimes called in the English style, freestyle, fast, and efficient. This is the fastest style of swimming. But at the same time, the crawl can swim a fairly long distance without critical fatigue. That is why usually swimmers in open water competitions and triathletes use this type of swimming.

Freestyle swimming techniques
The technique of freestyle swimming is as follows: the swimmer makes all the movements in the “chest” position, the arms move parallel to the body in alternate mode, the legs work like scissors in a vertical plane, the face is in the water during exhalation, the breath is made under the “back” hand by turning the head sideways.

On the one hand, the technique of crawling on the chest is quite simple and intuitive. On the other hand, the more speed and efficiency you try to achieve, the more nuances appear, and everything turns out to be not so simple.

There are a lot of footwork schemes, different variations of movements when rowing with the hand, and even you can breathe through a different number of strokes on one or two sides. All these nuances depend on the tasks facing the swimmer. Individual techniques are always developed for professional athletes.

Pros and cons

this is the fastest way to swim
average level of learning difficulty
allows you to swim intense sprints, which is good for weight loss

almost does not allow you to swim at a relaxed pace and relax
to achieve real speed results you need to master a fairly complex breathing technique
requires high coordination and consistency of movements

  1. Crawl on back

Swimming on your back is usually quite simple. Small children 3-4 years old are primarily taught to swim just this way.

Backstroke is faster than breaststroke, but slower than freestyle or butterfly.

Doctors often recommend this type of swimming for back diseases. Such swimming strengthens the muscles and gently eliminates many problems with the back and spine.

Technique of backstroke
As the name implies, this type of swimming involves a position on the back. The arms make alternate circular movements along the torso. And the legs work the same way as in the chest crawl, adjusted for the fact that your body is face up.

Pros and cons

if you have a trainer it is easier to master even children 3-4 years old
allows you to “relax” on the water

swimming speed is not high
during intensive swimming, splashes often get into the mouth and nose, which makes it difficult to breathe
in open water, the sun blinds your eyes – it’s better to use mirrored glasses

  1. Breaststroke

Breaststroke is the most popular type of swimming in the world. In fact, most people who have been taught to swim independently can only swim with a breaststroke.

The main advantage of this style is that you can swim with your head above the water, while not experiencing difficulties with breathing and orientation in space. This method of swimming is often called “frog” by the people. However, experienced swimmers and professionals dip their heads in the water for better movement efficiency.

Breaststroke is the slowest style of swimming.

Technique of breaststroke swimming
In breaststroke, both hands at the same time making a semicircular motion in front of the swimmer.

When the arms are stretched out, the head is submerged in the water and the breath is exhaled, simultaneously performing a push movement similar to the jump of a frog.

When the hands make a stroke, the head rises above the water – a breath is taken, and the legs at this time are pulled up to the body for a subsequent push.

Pros and cons

does not require General physical training for beginners
allows you to swim in a very relaxed mode
it is used to restore breath and pulse after intensive swimming
easy to learn for beginners

This is the slowest of the sports types of swimming.

Six swimmers have sued the us swimming Federation over the sexual abuse of coaches

Six American swimmers have sued the us swimming Federation over sexual abuse suffered by their coaches.

Debra Grodenski, Suzette Moran, Tracy Palmero and three other athletes who requested anonymity filed charges against former US team Director Everett Uchiyama, as well as former national team coaches Mitch Ivey and Andrew king.

The lawsuits allege that representatives of the US swimming Federation knew about the abuse by ivy, Uchiyama and king, but refused to take action, resulting in dozens of minors being sexually assaulted and harassed.

Grodenski said that king abused her in the 1980s, when she was between 11 and 16 years old. The woman said that because of what happened to her, she suffered from depression for a long time, and noted that the damage caused to her by king extends to her family and friends.

In 2010, king was sentenced to 40 years in prison after being found guilty of multiple counts of child molestation.

Moran stated that Mitch Ivey started a relationship with her when she was 12 years old, and this led to her becoming pregnant at 17. Her coach forced her to have an abortion a few months before the 1984 Olympic games.

“The swimming Federation did nothing about ivy’s violence. As a result, I suffered from years of depression, low self-esteem, and panic attacks. Today, I still suffer from an injury that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Swimming in the US needs to clean up and get rid of the coaches and managers who created a culture that condoned sexual violence,” Moran said.

Palmero, 46, was abused by Uchiyama in the early 1990s. She believes that other coaches on her team were aware of the abuse but did nothing about it.

Grodenski, Moran and Palmero said that a similar culture continues to exist in American swimming.

“Some people still hold senior positions in swimming today. Replace them with people who are not involved in violence – that’s what we should do,” said lawyer Richard Allard.

World Aquatics Championships in Japan postponed to 2022

The international swimming Federation reported that the 2021 world aquatics Championships, which were planned to be held in Fukuoka (Japan), were postponed to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

— After discussing the situation with interested parties and receiving feedback from them, we have no doubt that the decision to postpone the event will provide the best conditions for all participants of the World Cup, — said the statement of the President of the International swimming Federation, Julio Maglione.

It is reported that the tournament will be held from 13 to 29 may 2022.

Elite Ireland Swimmers To Return To The Pool In Dublin On Monday 8 June

High-performance Swim Ireland athletes are set to return to the pool on Monday 8 June at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

Swimmers who have been identified as potential Tokyo 2020 Olympians and Paralympians will be able to resume water-based training at the Sport Ireland campus in the capital of the Republic of Ireland.

This will mean a return to the water for the likes of Shane Ryan, 2018 European 50m back bronze medallist, and triple national record holders Brendan Hyland and Darragh Greene.

It follows performance director Jon Rudd‘s call last weekend for the elite swimmers to be allowed to get back in the pool so they do not fall behind their rivals who had already resumed water-based training.

The athletes had been provided with equipment and personal training programmes when lockdown first came into effect but Rudd outlined his fears in an interview with the Irish Mirror last Saturday that they have been overtaken.

Rudd said:

“We felt we were still ahead of the game.

“But the moment that nations started to get back into the water, there’s no real direct replacement for that – it’s the medium in which we have to do most of our training.

“We know that they’re getting a step on us. Advantage has turned from that to a bit of a disadvantage and our athletes are quite aware of that.”

World Championships medalist Ryan published his sentiment on social media concerning this big moment having been out of the water for the past few months.

“I am very excited to be getting back into the water on Monday,” starts Ryan’s statement. “It has been such a difficult period of time for athletes not knowing when we can return to training, and I fully understand and respect the difficult position that the government have [sic] been in over recent months.

“Watching other countries get back to training has been a challenge and with the uncertainty of when we might return led to a concern that we were falling behind.

Swim Ireland has worked tirelessly to get it’s back to training the water by following all of the correct procedures and they have kept me and my teammates fully informed on this at all stages.”

Ryan welcomed the return to the pool while also referring to an article in which he questioned the Irish selection policy for Tokyo 2020.

The 26-year-old, who also won 50 back bronze at the European Short-Course Championships in Glasgow in December 2019, had swum the qualification time at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea in July last year.

Swim Ireland has a two-pronged criteria that stipulates that swimmers also have to go within 1% of the time at the Olympic trials so – although he had also swum the time at the world trials in March 2019 – Ryan had not fulfilled the requirements to punch his ticket for the Games.