Star javelin thrower Neraj Chopra will be the biggest attraction among the 617 athletes who will compete in the 24th Federation Athletics Championships for adults, starting here on Monday.
The five-day championship will include 38 events.
With the postponed Tokyo Olympics set to begin on July 23 this year, a number of athletes will seek to solidify their rankings with good results here, if not qualifying.
For fans of the stapler Avinash Sable and Neeraj, the Federation Cup will be a platform to further break up the rough edges.
The three matches of the Indian Grand Prix (February 18, 25 and March 5) had set the stage for the Federation Cup championship.
Neeraj’s national record (88.07m), jumper M Sreeshankar’s 8.05m effort in the previous week and the comfortable victories of sprinter Dutee Chand in the 100m in the first two matches were the highlights.
Of the four finals on the opening day, the women’s 10,000-meter dash and javelin throws will attract more attention from both fans and connoisseurs.
Long-distance runner Sanjivani Yadhav will return to the national race after serving a two-year sentence.
She will face the silver medalist of the South Asian Games in 2019 Kavita Yadav, Arati Patil and a number of younger athletes.
Far from the finals, there will be significant interest in Dutee Chand’s quest to stop the clock within 11.15 seconds, which will ensure automatic qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.
Sreshankar will compete in the long jump qualifier, while Asian 800m gold medalist Manjit Singh will return to the race in nearly two years after running 1,500m.
In addition, the availability, shape and fitness of the men and women in the 400 meters will also attract more than a glimpse. Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Amoj Jacob, Arokia Rajiv, Dharun Ayyasamy will show their skills in both men’s rounds on Monday, while the women’s first rounds will offer some important guidelines.
The SOP established by the AFI and the Ministry of Sports will be in force. Athletes who are expected to have a negative RTPCR report are allowed to enter the NIS campus only two hours before their respective events.
without spectators being allowed on the NIS Campus, AFI will facilitate live streaming of events on its YouTube channel so that fans have a view of the race.