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Neeraj Chopra gears up to lead 37-member athletics team in CWG in Birmingham

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Star javelin thrower and Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra is set to lead the 37-member Indian athletics contingent in the upcoming Commonwealth Games next month, which will start on July 28 in Birmingham. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Thursday selected the names of the athletes.

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Out of 37 names, 18 are women, among them star sprinters Hima Das and Dutee Chand, who have been selected for the women’s 4x100m relay team.

AFI president Adille Sumariwalla said that the selected athletes, except for those who have been asked to prove form and fitness and who are competing abroad, will train in Chula Vista, USA ahead of the July 28 to August 8 CWG and their visas are awaited.

The Athletics Federation of India has picked several upcoming talents like Avinash Sable, who has been in remarkable form and smashed his own 3000m steeplechase national record for the eighth time recently. Jyothi Yarraji is not far behind; she shattered her own 100m hurdles NR twice last month.

Aishwarya Babu is another shining girl in the triple jump. She broke her own national record with a dazzling jump of 14.14m at the recently concluded National Inter-State Championships in Chennai.

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“We are requesting the Indian Olympic Association to increase our quota by one and to assist in securing accreditation for a couple of athletes,” Sumariwalla said.

The AFI has been given a quota of 36 in India’s contingent for the CWG.

Shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor needs to do well in Kazakhstan while Amoj Jacob has been inducted into the category of men’s 4x400m relay team. But it all depends on the subject’s recovery and fitness level.

Similarly, discus throwers Navjeet Kaur Dhillon and Seema Antil Punia, as well as hammer thrower Sarita Singh, will have to perform in Kazakhstan or California. Race walker Bhawna Jat will have to prove her fitness, “the AFI president said.”

All the leading athletes who have been performing admirably in recent times have got tickets to Birmingham. It is a big platform for them to go ahead.

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These are the names of the selected athletes who have to land in Birmingham to participate in the Commonwealth Games to be started on July 28.

Men: Avinash Sable (3000m Steeplechase); Nitender Rawat (Marathon); M Sreeshankar and Muhammed Anees Yahiya (Long Jump); Abdulla Aboobacker, Praveen Chithravel and Eldhose Paul (Triple Jump); Tajinderpal Singh Toor (Shot Put); Neeraj Chopra, DP Manu and Rohit Yadav (Javelin Throw); Sandeep Kumar and Amit Khatri (Race Walking); Amoj Jacob, Noah Nirmal Tom, Arokia Rajiv, Muhammed Ajmal, Naganathan Pandi and Rajesh Ramesh (4x400m Relay).

Women: S Dhanalakshmi (100m and 4x100m relay); Jyothi Yarraji (100mHurdles); Aishwarya B (Long Jump and Triple Jump) and Ancy Sojan (Long Jump); Manpreet Kaur (Shot Put); Navjeet Kaur Dhilllon and Seema Antil Punia (Discus Throw); Annu Rani and Shilpa Rani (Javelin Throw); Manju Bala Singh and Sarita Romit Singh (Hammer Throw); Bhawna Jat and Priyanka Goswami (Race Walking); Hima Das, Dutee Chand, Srabani Nanda, MV Jilna and NS Simi (4x100m relay).


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