Indian Backstroke Swimmer Maana Patel became the first female and third Indian swimmer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The qualification process for the Olympics is a very detailed one with various stages. For an instance, in swimming athletes can make the A cut by beating the Olympic qualification time in a FINA-approved event.
Recently Sajan Prakash made the A cut and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
There is another mode of qualification for the Olympics that is the Universality Quota. The Universality Quota allows one male and one female athlete to compete at the Olympics if another swimmer fails to qualify based on FINA qualification time.
Maana patel has been lucky enough to qualify for the Olympics based on the the Universality Quota. However, it is not just luck as the quota invites swimmers based on their performances during past events.
Backstroke swimmer Maana Patel has become the 1st female and 3rd Indian swimmer to qualify for Tokyo 2020. I congratulate Maana, who qualified through Universality Quota. Well done!!,Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Tweeted
Till now three Indian Swimmers have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020:
- Sajan Prakash
- Srihari Nataraj
- Maana Patel
The Indian Swimming is really strong and will surely be looking forward to winning a medal in swimming. This can turn out to be a huge opportunity for Indian Sports Fraternity.