Renowned physiologist and sports science expert Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas will be conducting a six-day national swimming camp at the CSE Bengaluru between January 11 and February 21 for a period, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) announced on Wednesday.
His visit is expected to give a boost to the training and preparation of senior national campers and TOPS Developmental swimmers like Srihari Nataraj, Kushagra Rawat and Mihir Ambre, who will get access to an internationally renowned expert.
Dr. Sokolovas has headed the Department of Physiology and Sport Science of the USA Swimming Federation for 8 years and has also taken care of US swimmers, water polo players and triathletes.
"Dr. Sokolovas renowned research methodology has found consultations with leading swimmers including 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps," a SAI statement read.
"His visit will not just help the swimmers but also the coaches who will get exposure to the technology used to develop training and long-term plans for athletes," it added.
Monal Chokshi, secretary general, Swimming Federation of India, is hoping that the visit would help in long-term development of swimmers in the country.
"I am very thankful to SAI for approving SFI's proposal to bring in a globally acclaimed sports scientist like Dr Genadijus Sokolovas to India. This visit will herald in qualitative changes in Indian swimming by bringing world class sport science support closer to our elite swimmers and potential talent for 2024 and 2028," Chokshi said.
The overall cost of Dr. Sokolovas' visit is Rs. 8.78 lakhs and will be covered by the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). Costs include professional charges, airfare, boarding and lodging, visa and transport.
The visit, which is proposed between February 2 and 7, will have the following objectives:
1. Swim Power Test 2. Lactate Clearance Test 3. Lactate Heart Profile 4. Seasonal Training Design 5. Coaches Workshop
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