Tokyo Olympics: AFI to send 26-member athletics squad
The Tokyo Olympics is set to run between July 23 and August 8. Meanwhile, the Indian athletes are also set to feature in the show and run as fast as possible. Consequently, the Athletics Federation of India has announced how many athletes would be travelling.
The date to Tokyo Olympics is drawing near, while the Indian athletes are sweating it hard to be prepared for the global extravaganza in the best possible way. Besides various other sports, the Indians would also be taking part in athletics.
In the same light, the Athletics Federation of India has announced the strengths of the contingent in this sector, which is to be 26-member strong. The strong likes of runners Dutee Chand, MP Jabir, Gurpreet Singh and javelin thrower Annu Rani are a part of the squad.
Of the 26, 16 are scheduled to compete in individual events. As for the remaining ten, five would take part in the men's 4x400m relay, while a couple of men and three women would feature in the mixed 4x400m relay.
"We are happy that it is a well-prepared team, physically and emotionally, for the Olympic Games. The world has been through a lot and athletes have been challenged to stay in good shape, retain form and in good spirits. We are pleased that our athletes have remained in training ever since lockdown was lifted," said Adille J Sumariwalla (AFI President) in a statement.
India's Tokyo Olympics athletics squad
Men: Avinash Sable (3000m Steeplechase); MP Jabir (400m Hurdles): M Sreeshankar (Long Jump); Tajinderpal Singh Toor (Shot Put); Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh (Javelin Throw); KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar and Rahul Rohilla (20km Walk) and Gurpreet Singh (50km Walk); 4x400m Relay: Amoj Jacob, Arokia Rajiv, Muhammed Anas, Naganathan Pandi, Noah Nirmal Tom; 4x400m Mixed Relay: Sarthak Bhambri, Alex Antony
Women: Dutee Chand (100m and 200m); Kamalpreet Kaur and Seema Antil-Punia (Discus Throw) and Annu Rani (Javelin Throw); Bhawna Jat and Priyanka Goswami (20km Walk) and (Mixed 4x400m Relay); Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan & Dhanalakshmi Sekhar
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