Mangaluru: Partha Varanashi from Puttur is one of the swimming coaches selected to represent the Indian team at the World Championship to be held next month at Gwangju in South Korea.
The World Aquatic Championships is the most prestigious swimming event after the Olympics. The Championships is held biennially by FINA, the world governing body for swimming. As many as 1,008 swimmers from different countries participate in the event.
The qualification criteria for the championship are very stringent. The benchmarks are called ‘cuts’. An ‘A’ cut qualification is extremely difficult and only the top 16 swimmers in the world qualify, depending on their timings at previous international events.Under ‘A’ cut, each country can send up to two swimmers for each event. Slightly below is the ‘B’ cut and each country can send only one swimmer for each stroke.
The Indian team this year is sending six swimmers – all with ‘B’ cut timings. Swimmer Veerdhawal Khade (Maharashtra) for freestyle, Saajan Prakash (Kerala) for butterfly, Srihari Nataraj
(Karnataka) for backstroke, Likith S P (Karnataka) for breaststroke, Advaith Page and Rawath for long distance freestyle will represent the country.
Producing an ‘A’ cut Olympian has always been a long-cherished desire ever since Partha Varanashi took charge of the Dr Shivarama Karantha Balawana Swimming Pool in Puttur in 2012. Over the years, Varanashi has trained several swimmers in Puttur, who have won medal at state, national and even international-level events.
Currently, Varanashi serves as the swim director of Netkallappa Aquatic Centre, Bengaluru, where several reputed swimmers and coaches are associated with this reputed swimmer.