Star sprinters Hima Das and Dutee Chand will get yet one more home occasion in their bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics because the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday introduced that it’s going to host the Indian Grand Prix 4 on June 21 in Patiala.
The determination to maintain the fourth collection of the Indian GP was taken after the AFI’s efforts to ship a 40-member crew, together with Hima and Dutee, for competitions in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan may not obtain success due to “changed quarantine rules” in these international locations.
“AFI took this decision to provide additional competition to Indian athletes as the 40-member team will not be participating in the T Kolpakova International Competition in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and the Qosanov Memorial in Almaty (Kazakhstan) later this month in view of the changed quarantine rules in those countries,” the AFI mentioned.
Hima and Dutee, who’re but to qualify for the Olympics, have been to be a part of the 4x100m ladies’s relay crew, which was earlier deliberate to compete in the 2 Central Asian international locations.
The nationwide federations of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have knowledgeable the AFI through e-mails that new restrictive measures mandating 14-day isolation had been ordered for these arriving from India, no matter a unfavourable RT-PCR take a look at or perhaps a vaccination certificates.
“In view of that, AFI decided to drop the plan of sending the team as it did not make sense to have the athletes go through 14-day quarantine in either location for the June 12 and 13 and June 19 and 20 events respectively,” AFI President Adille Sumariwalla mentioned.
“We do not need to affect the coaching schedule of our athletes by making them undergo a quarantine course of with six weeks left for the Olympic Games.
“We will now focus on offering them with good competitors in the Indian Grand Prix and National Inter-State Championships from 25-Twenty ninth June in Patiala.
The record of occasions that will probably be carried out in the fourth IGP are 400m, 1500m, lengthy leap, triple leap, shot put, javelin throw and 400m hurdles for males and 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, 5000m, discus throw, javelin throw and 4x100m relay for girls.
Ten athletes in particular person occasions, together with star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra — and the combined 4x400m relay crew have certified for the Olympics, which opens on July 23.
Shivpal Singh (males’s javelin throw), M Sreeshankar (males’s lengthy leap), Avinash Sable (males’s 3000m steeplechase), KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar and Rahul Rohila (males’s race stroll), Bhawna Jat and Priyanka Goswami (ladies’s race stroll) and Kamalpreet Kaur (ladies’s discus throw) are the opposite Olympic-bound athletes in particular person occasions.