MUMBAI, Aug. 28 -- The camp for three Indian swimmers who have achieved the Olympic 'B' qualification mark for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games started on Thursday at the Aqua Nation Sports Academy (ANSA) in Dubai. The swimmers had couple of sessions to get acclimatized themselves with the conditions.

For the last few months, Srihari Nataraj has practiced his strokes in his mind, swimming across an imaginary Olympic-sized pool as the actual ones were closed because of Covid-19. While other sporting facilities in India began to slowly open in June, pools continue to be shut.

Nataraj and his fellow top swimmers-Kushagra Rawat and Sajan Prakash-finally made an appeal to the Sports Authority of India to allow them to shift to Dubai for trainin...