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

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Neeraj Chopra

India’s high monitor 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 stated on Tuesday.

Other than Chopra and fellow Olympic certain javelin thrower Shivpal Singh, nation’s relay racers (each 4x100m and 4x400m women and men) might be a part of the 40-odd contingent that additionally contains coaches.

They are going to be based mostly on the Turkish metropolis of Antalya and participate in some competitions, the place some athletes can try to qualify for the Olympics.

Hima, who gained a silver in particular person 400m and a gold every in girls’s 4x400m and combined 4x400m relays within the 2018 Asian Video games, is about to coach for the 4x100m relay.

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

“We now have bought clearance from the SAI for this training-cum-competition tour of Turkey. It’s a 40-odd contingent together with the coaches. We aren’t getting a coaching base in Europe due to varied causes, so we’ve got selected Turkey,” Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla informed PTI.

“The athletes can even participate in some competitions in Turkey and those that haven’t but certified for Olympics can qualify. The amenities are high class and climate is sweet there,” he added.

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

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

“The athletes ought to go away (for Turkey) this month. We now have to get the visa first after which e book the tickets and the lodging amenities 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 Might 1 and a pair of. The highest eight groups from the World Athletics Relays will mechanically qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

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

“The relay groups of 4x100m and 4x400m will journey from Turkey to Poland for the World Relays. Hima might be coaching for the 4x100m relay staff,” the AFI president stated.

Hima had gained the 100m race within the third Indian Grand Prix final month in 11.67 seconds however was disqualified within the closing of the Federation Cup Nationwide Championships. She had additionally gained a gold within the 200m within 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 Conferences starting with the primary leg on Might 23 in Moroccan capital of Rabat.

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

The reigning Asian and Commonwealth Video games champion had one other large throw of 87.80m in the course of the Federation Cup Nationwide Championships, additionally final month.

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

“They’ll return overseas after participating within the Nationwide Inter-State to additional put together for the Olympics,” he stated. 

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