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Neeraj Chopra, Hima Das set for training-cum-competition stint in Turkey ahead of Tokyo Olympics

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Neeraj Chopra

India’s prime observe and area athletes, together with javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and sprinter Hima Das will embark on a training-cum-competition tour of Turkey later this month, the nationwide federation mentioned on Tuesday.

Apart from Chopra and fellow Olympic certain javelin thrower Shivpal Singh, nation’s relay racers (each 4x100m and 4x400m women and men) might be half of the 40-odd contingent that additionally consists of coaches.

They might be primarily based on the Turkish metropolis of Antalya and participate in some competitions, the place some athletes can attempt to qualify for the Olympics.

Hima, who received a silver in particular person 400m and a gold every in ladies’s 4x400m and blended 4x400m relays in the 2018 Asian Games, is set to coach for the 4x100m relay.

The Indian relay groups are set to participate in the World Athletics Relays at Silesia in Poland on May 1 and a pair of.

“We have got clearance from the SAI for this training-cum-competition tour of Turkey. It is a 40-odd contingent including the coaches. We are not getting a training base in Europe because of various reasons, so we have decided on Turkey,” Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla instructed PTI.

“The athletes will also take part in some competitions in Turkey and those who have not yet qualified for Olympics can qualify. The facilities are top class and weather is good there,” he added.

Indian observe and area athletes have earlier skilled at Antalya, earlier than the 2016 Rio Olympics and once more in 2019.

Sumariwalla mentioned the AFI is engaged on arranging visas for the athletes.

“The athletes should leave (for Turkey) this month. We have to get the visa first and then book the tickets and the accommodation facilities there in Turkey.”

The nation’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay groups will instantly go from Turkey to Silesia in Poland the place the World Athletics Relays might be held on May 1 and a pair of. The prime eight groups from the World Athletics Relays will robotically qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

The Indian blended 4x400m relay staff has already certified for the Tokyo Olympics after reaching the ultimate in the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

“The relay teams of 4x100m and 4x400m will travel from Turkey to Poland for the World Relays. Hima will be training for the 4x100m relay team,” the AFI president mentioned.

Hima had received the 100m race in the third Indian Grand Prix final month in 11.67 seconds however was disqualified in the ultimate of the Federation Cup National Championships. She had additionally received a gold in the 200m in the Federation Cup on March 19 with a time of 23.21 seconds.

Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh are additionally anticipated to participate in Diamond League Meetings starting with the primary leg on May 23 in Moroccan capital of Rabat.

Chopra has been in prime kind although it is early days in the season. He bettered his personal nationwide report throughout the third Indian Grand Prix meet final month with an effort of 88.07m.

The reigning Asian and Commonwealth Games champion had one other massive throw of 87.80m throughout the Federation Cup National Championships, additionally final month.

Sumariwalla mentioned all of the athletes coaching overseas will return to India for the National Inter-State Championships, an Olympic qualifying occasion, set to be held in June in Bengaluru.

“They can go back abroad after taking part in the National Inter-State to further prepare for the Olympics,” he mentioned. 

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