A Haryana girl will represent India at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Shivani Kataria (18), the gifted swimmer whose latest accomplishments include a gold medal in 2016 South Asian Games took a year off from school after earning a place to train at the Fina camp in Phuket, Thailand. She will take part in the 200m freestyle event at Rio.
The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) confirmed Kataria's selection for participation at the Games, scheduled to begin early next month. None of the major contenders managed to make a direct entry into the Olympics, however, two contenders (one male and one female) were allowed from each country in exemption to the rules.
Following discussions between national coach Pradeep Kumar, former national swimmer and current Railways coach Wilson Cherian and SFI secretary Kamlesh Navarati, the opportunity was given to Kataria and 22-year-old Sajan Prakash from Idukki, Kerala.
The Rio Olympics begin from August 5th onwards.