Bhawana and Irfan, each 20km race walkers, and lengthy jumper Sreeshankar have been advised by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to undergo tests to verify their competitors fitness. All the three are presently coaching on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru.
“We cannot take unfit athletes to the Olympics. We have to check when did the athletes qualify for the Olympics, are they injury-free or fit for competition,” AFI President Adille Sumariwalla advised PTI.
“This is just a test of fitness and we are not looking at some qualification (mark),” he added.
Irfan was the primary monitor and discipline athlete to qualify for the Olympics method again in March 2019 throughout the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.
His final competitors was throughout the National Race Walking Championships in March in Ranchi, the place he didn’t end the race. He had contracted COVID-19 in May and has recovered since then.
Bhawana had certified for the Olympics by profitable the ladies’s 20km occasion within the 2020 National Race Walking Championships simply earlier than the pandemic struck. She was second behind one other Olympic-bound race walker Priyanka Goswami throughout this 12 months’s National Race Walking Championships in March in Ranchi.
“I had my fitness Test today and I did well. I am satisfied with my performance,” she mentioned from SAI centre in Bengaluru.
Sreeshankar can even have his fitness take a look at carried out in Bengaluru on July 21. He certified for the Tokyo Olympics in March throughout the National Senior Federation Cup Athletics Championship. But he pulled out of the National Inter-State Championships (June 25-29) simply earlier than his occasion after warming up on the sector on the NIS Patiala.
“Sreeshankar has no problem, it was very humid at Patiala that day and we did not want him any injury as he has already qualified for the Olympics. So, he pulled out as a precautionary measure,” his father S Murali mentioned.
“My son has been asked for a fitness test on July 21 at SAI Bengaluru. It is all right. He will do well and prove his fitness.”
The AFI has picked a 26-member Indian staff for the Olympics which opens on July 23. Track and discipline occasions will start on July 30 and the athletes are anticipated to depart for Tokyo within the final week of this month.