(Last Updated on : 24/02/2012)
Swimmers in India have been for long, taking part in various competition of national and international importance. Ever since the game has been a part of Olympics in 1896, Indian swimmers were not in the international scene. For more years after that, the swimmers from India have been mere pushovers in international competitions. Excepting a few omissions, which includes Khazan Singh's silver medal at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, not many swimmers from India have been able to shine in the international matches, and earn laurels for the country.
These pathetic and heartbreaking shows by Indian swimmers at competitive events can be attributed to various factors like lack of proper training methods and insufficient infrastructure set ups. Lack of inspiration and motivation can also be traced as reason for the dismal show by swimmers. And as a result not many people take up swimming can career option in India, as other games like cricket
, soccer (football
), lawn tennis
have been dominating the sporting scenario of the country, for the past many decades.
All these mediocrity in Indian swimming circuit does not necessarily related to lack of potential talent in the country. There is no paucity of swimmers in India, as over the years country has produced some fine long distance swimmers like Bula Chowdhury and Mihir Sen, who have registered their names among the famous swimmers in India, by conquering high seas in distant corners of the world. Some of the well-known swimmers from India over the years have been; Nafisa Ali
, Bula Choudhury, Sachin Nag, Prasanta Karmakar, Aditya Raut, Sachet Engineer, Kutraleeswaran, Nisha Millet, Arati Saha, Sandeep Sejwal, Khajan Singh, Anita Sood, Mihir Sen, Shikha Tandon, Sushil Kohli and Sebastian Xavier.
These swimmers, due to their outstanding talent to swim across large water bodies, they have managed to gain name, fame and recognition both at the international and national level. Nonetheless, the Swimming Federation of India still has to take earnest efforts to improve the standard of the game; otherwise, majority of the professional Indian swimmers will continue to languish at the rock bottom.
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