BENGALURU: Many of the top swimmers protested at the ongoing Inter-University Championship at the Lovely Professional University in Phagwara, Punjab alleging cheating and result manipulation.
Among those involved include Olympics ‘B’ cut holders Srihari Nataraj and Kushagra Rawat and Likith SP. Some even boycotted the event.
“This was a waste of time, energy and money. What we saw was discouraging. When we complained, we got death threats,” said Bengaluru Jain University’s Nataraj, who skipped FINA World Cup for the event.
In a video tweeted by swimmer Anshul Kothari, Rawat (Delhi University), seemed to have beaten LPU’s Sahil Chopra in the 400m freestyle, clocking 3.59.63m. Yet, the result that came out a day after showed Chopra bagging gold with the same time.
In 50m butterfly, video showed Chopra making a false start. But he was allowed and he won gold with 24.32s timing.