New Delhi, India: The Athletics Federation of India announced a 25-member squad for the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
The list includes the likes of national record holder in 1500m Jinson Johnson, Avinash Sable (3000m steeplechase), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (shot put), PU Chitra (1500m) and Anu Rani (javelin throw).
The federation has also included seven athletes each for the 4x400m relay events. This includes the likes of Muhammed Anas, Dharun Ayyasamy, Hima Das and MR Poovamma.
The AFI also informed that Dutee Chand (100m) and Tejaswin Shankar (high jump) could also be added to the list once the world governing body sends invitations for the athletes to make the maximum number of participants in the respective events.
The meeting, chaired by Olympian Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, also discussed if javelin thrower and one of India’s brightest stars in recent history, Neeraj Chopra, could be included in the squad for the Worlds.
Even though Chopra qualified for the Worlds before getting his elbow operated in May, the selection panel decided to keep Chopra out of the Doha meet and allow him to continue his recuperation ahead of the Olympic year.
Jabir MP (400m Hurdles), Jinson Johnson (1500m), Avinash Sable (3000m Steeplechase), KT Irfan and Devender Singh (20km Race Walk), Gopi T (Marathon), Sreeshankar M (Long Jump), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (Shot Put), Shivpal Singh (Javelin Throw), Muhammed Anas, Nirmal Noah Tom, Alex Antony, Amoj Jacob, KS Jeevan, Dharun Ayyasamy and Harsh Kumar (4x400m Men’s & Mixed Relay).
PU Chitra (1500m), Annu Rani (Javelin Throw), Hima Das, Vismaya VK, Poovamma MR, Jisna Mathew, Revathi V, Subha Venkatesan, Vithya R (4x400m Women & Mixed Relay)