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Nisha happy with her form

By Kalyan Ashok

BANGALORE, OCT. 4. The Indian swimming ace, Nisha Millet will take part in the World short course swimming championship, which will take place in Indianapolis.

Nisha will make a token appearance at the senior National championship scheduled to begin at New Delhi from October 6 and she will compete in her pet event, 400-metre freestyle, before leaving for the United States.

In a chat, Nisha said that she was looking forward to a good performance in the World short course meet. "I am happy with the way I performed at Western Australian short course championship, where I clocked 4m 24s in the 400m freestyle and missed the bronze narrowly. I took the sixth position in the 200m, in which I did 2:05 and again came sixth in the 100m, clocking 58.7s."

The Australian meet was done without much tapering and her show came in praise from Bernie Mulroy, her coach at the City of Perth Swim Club.

Nisha said after her return to National scene last year after undergoing back surgery, she had been maintaining her form, which saw her win a silver (100m freestyle) and two bronzes (200m and 400m) in the Malaysian Open championship prior to the Olympics.

Though she missed the qualifying mark for the Olympics, she said that she was looking forward to both the World championship and the Asian Championship, which s is scheduled to be held in Dubai in December.

"I wish I could have participated in more international meets and that's where the real competition is and I have reached a plateau competing at home. But unfortunately, there is not much of help in my bid to get sponsors for overseas meets," said the 24-year-old Nisha, who holds the National records in 200m and 400m freestyle events.

For the World championship, for instance, she had to raise Rs.1 lakh on her own. SAI did release Rs.2 lakh as scholarship fund earlier this year, but that went for her training stint in Perth and for the participation in the Malaysian Open.

In fact, she felt private donors were some times more forthcoming. "When I returned to National scene after my surgery, a NRI in the United States came to my help after reading The Hindu online edition and funded my stay in Australia," said Nisha.

The biggest challenge that is facing Nisha Millet is what she should do after the end of the current season?

There is no sponsor in sight and all promises made by the State Government like land (All Arjuna Awardees were promised a plot by the State Government) and financial help have remained on paper.

"Sports other than cricket are not viewed favourably by the sponsors at home and very little is being done by associations in helping the cause of swimmers like me," claimed Nisha.

Nisha said that trying to find a private sponsor was a frustrating experience.

"I have spoken to people in IT and BT firms like Infosys and Biocon, they say if you wish to study further, we will fund you, but please don't ask us to sponsor sports", said Nisha.

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