The four Indian swimmers Virdhawal Khade, Sandeep Sejwal, Aaron D'Souza and Saurabh Sangvekar, with the B qualification standard for the London Games, technically termed as the Olympic Selection Time (OST), wait for the final selection announcement from the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
Khade (100m freestyle), D’Souza (200m freestyle), Sangvekar (1500m freestyle) and Sejwal (100m breaststroke) are in contention.
The FINA has announced a list of 439 swimmers from around 50 countries as confirmed entries with the A standard qualification, the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT).
It will then finalise the relay teams — 16 per event.
Thereafter, countries without any qualified swimmers will be given a chance to field a maximum of one male and one female swimmer as part of the Universality Places, for which the total shall not exceed 150.
Since India has swimmers in the OST category, it will not be considered for Universality Places.
Incidentally, the total number of swimmers for the Olympics cannot exceed 900.
The swimmers with the B standard qualification will be the last to be considered.
The swimmers with the OST will be ranked in an Olympic Games Qualification Ranking, based on the performances from March 2011 to June 18 2012, listing only two from each country.
As per the rule, the highest ranked swimmer with an OST in each of the 26 individual Olympic events will be invited to compete first.
This process will continue in groups of 26, until the quota of 900 swimmers is reached.
The last date of entries for swimming for the London Games is July 9.