Star sprinters Hima Das and Dutee Chand would possibly miss the Olympic qualifying World Athletics Relays in Poland on Might 1 and a pair of because the Indian group’s connecting flight to Amsterdam has been suspended following the record-shattering spike within the nation’s COVID-19 case load.
The ladies’s 4x100m and the boys’s 4x400m relay groups had been to board a KLM flight to Amsterdam within the wee hours on Thursday however the Dutch authorities has suspended flights from India efficient Monday night.
The Athletics Federation of India is attempting to e book an alternate flight obtainable to any European metropolis en path to Silesia in Poland the place the occasion will likely be held. There isn’t any direct flight to Poland from India.
“There’s a critical doubt that our group might not be capable to participate within the World Relays. Many European international locations have suspended flights from India. So, we could also be caught and there’s a excessive chance that the group might not go for the occasion,” a prime AFI official advised PTI.
“However nonetheless we are attempting, speaking to the federal government and to our embassies in the event that they might help our athletes to fly in any European metropolis like Frankfurt from the place they will proceed to Poland. We’re additionally attempting for any connecting flight to Dubai or some other West Asian metropolis.”
S Dhanalakshmi, who had overwhelmed Dutee within the last of girls’s 100m dash within the Federation Cup final month, was additionally named within the group, together with Archana Suseendran, Himashree Roy and AT Daneshwari.
India can even discipline groups within the males’s 4x400m within the occasion to be held in Chorzow, Silesia, in Poland.
The highest eight groups from the World Athletics Relays will routinely qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
The ladies’s 4x400m relay group has pulled out of the occasion as greater than two members are unfit.
The Indian blended 4x400m relay group has already certified for the Tokyo Olympics after reaching the ultimate in the course of the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
The AFI was hopeful of the ladies’s 4x100m relay group qualifying for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo.
The World Relays would be the first main worldwide occasion for Indian sprinters because the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha in April 2019.
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