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AFI cancels athletics team’s trip to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan over ‘quarantine rules’, announces Indian Grand Prix 4 as alternative

AFI cancels athletics workforce’s journey to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan over ‘quarantine guidelines’, proclaims Indian Grand Prix 4 as different

The choice to carry the fourth sequence of the Indian GP was taken after the AFI’s efforts to ship a 40-member workforce for competitions in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan couldn’t obtain success attributable to ‘modified quarantine guidelines’ in these international locations.

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New Delhi: Star sprinters Hima Das and Dutee Chand will get another home occasion of 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 21 June in Patiala.

The choice to carry the fourth sequence of the Indian GP was taken after the AFI’s efforts to ship a 40-member workforce, together with Hima and Dutee, for competitions in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan couldn’t obtain success attributable to “modified quarantine guidelines” in these international locations.

“AFI took this determination to supply extra competitors to Indian athletes because the 40-member workforce won’t be taking part within the T Kolpakova Worldwide Competitors in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and the Qosanov Memorial in Almaty (Kazakhstan) later this month in view of the modified quarantine guidelines in these international locations,” the AFI stated.

Hima and Dutee, who’re but to qualify for the Olympics, have been to be part of the 4x100m ladies’s relay workforce, which earlier had deliberate to compete within the two 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 damaging RT-PCR check or perhaps a vaccination certificates.

“In view of that, AFI determined to drop the plan of sending the workforce because it didn’t make sense to have the athletes undergo 14-day quarantine in both location for the June 12 and 13 and June 19 and 20 occasions respectively,” AFI President Adille Sumariwalla stated.

“We don’t need to impression the coaching schedule of our athletes by making them undergo a quarantine course of with six weeks left for the Olympic Video games.

“We’ll now concentrate on offering them with good competitors within the Indian Grand Prix and Nationwide Inter-State Championships from 25-Twenty ninth June in Patiala.

The checklist of occasions that shall be performed within the fourth IGP are 400m, 1500m, lengthy bounce, triple bounce, shot put, javelin throw and 400m hurdles for males and 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, 5000m, discus throw, javelin throw and 4x100m relay for ladies.

Ten athletes in particular person occasions, together with star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra — and the blended 4x400m relay workforce have certified for the Olympics, which opens on 23 July.

Shivpal Singh (males’s javelin throw), M Sreeshankar (males’s lengthy bounce), 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.

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Updated: June 9, 2021 — 11:50 pm

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