Lianna Swan and Haris Bandey to Represent Pakistan at Rio Olympics


Foreign-based swimmers Lianna Swan and Haris Bandey will represent Pakistan at the Rio Olympics as wild card entrants after the International Swimming Federation (FINA) approved their names.

The two swimmers are participating in the Olympics for the first time. In the last edition, Haris’s elder sister, Anum Bandey, represented Pakistan in the 400m individual medley, along with Israr Hussain taking part in the 100m freestyle event. However, both swimmers failed to qualify for the next round and finished last among 35 participants and 54th out of 56 respectively.

This time around, the Rio-bound swimmers are foreign-based and have represented Pakistan in several championships, including the recently held South Asian Games where Lianna became the first Pakistani swimmer to win a gold medal in the event. Haris, on the other hand, failed to perform well.

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