AFI not keen on sending quarter-milers to indoor meets

first_imgThe Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has plans to not send quarter-milers for relay events at the Asian and World Indoor Championships in China next year.While the Asian Indoors is scheduled on February 12 in Hangzhou, the world meet will take place from March 13 to March 15 in Nanjing.At the moment, both men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams are yet to confirm their spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the Indoor events could provide them with a chance to post good timings to improve their rankings.However, quarter-miler coach Galina Bukharina feels preparing and participating in the events would leave the team with not enough time for the Tokyo Games, informed AFI’s high-performance director Volker Herrmann.We had a conversation with Galina regarding Worlds and we don’t intend to send 400m runners for the Indoor Games. We will have to rush for Tokyo if we would participate in the World Indoors, Herrmann told Mail Today.If at all, we will only send a small team. Our athletes just started preparation and especially the younger ones will not have enough time for the competitions, he added.However, other track and field athletes who are aiming to breach qualifying standards for the Olympics will be allowed to take part in the event.Sprint star Dutee Chand, who has already confirmed her intentions to take part in both the indoor events, won’t get to participate in her forte 100m event as 60m dash is the only sprint event that is part of the indoor games. Posting good timings in both the events will still boost her IAAF rankings, which is an alternative to qualify for Tokyo.advertisementThe Indoors also include 1500m race, shot put, long and triple jump events, which provides another window for the likes of Jinson Johnson, Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, M Sreeshankar and Arpinder Singh respectively to qualify for the quadrennial event.Also Read | Noah Nirmal Tom and Alex Antony not included in Indian relay team for World Military GamesAlso Read | It’s too hard for my body: Paralympic champion Marieke Vervoort ends life by euthanasialast_img