Assam gets the nod, Fariha seizes chance

Ace swimmer wins 50M backstroke

Fariha, who couldn’t compete on the first two days of the competition as her team was barred by the Swimming Federation of India due to internal conflict, and Assam swimmers were allowed to take part from Thursday.

The 20-year-old Fariha wasted no time in marking her presence as she claimed the 50 backstroke gold at the champiionships.

“I wasn’t mentally prepared for the events today. However, I managed to control my emotions to win the gold.

“I was totally upset that I could  not compete earlier in the event. “Now I am happy that my team has been allowed to compete,” said Fariha, who wasn’t able to participate in her favourite 50 fly and 100 freestyle events.

Assam were allowed to compete in the event after the organisers on Wednesday night found no court violation in allowing the Ad-hoc committee team to compete here at the Nationals.

“Yesterday we discussed the matter with our legal experts and they gave us green signal to allow Assam team to compete.

“They found out that there is no violation of law so they will be allowed to compete,” said Swimming Federation of India vice-president T D Vijayaraghavan.

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