The 'B' qualification time doesn't guarantee automatic berth for the Olympics.
Focus will also be on Sajan Prakash, who will compete in the 200m butterfly event. Prakash is training in Dubai and will fly directly to Tashkent. He is also chasing the 'A' qualification time of 1 minute 56.48 seconds in his event.
Prakash has Olympic 'B' qualification time under his belt, having clocked 1 minute 58.03 seconds in 2019 in Malaysia. In February, he had clocked 1 minute 59.31 seconds in Latvia.
The national team didn't have a good build-up to the season's first international competition as they couldn't train since Monday in Bengaluru.
Last weekend, the Karnataka government had closed the pools due to spike in coronavirus cases in the state.
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