Elite Indian athletes, including the women’s 4x100m relay team aiming to cut short for the upcoming Olympics, expect to compete in next month’s Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The two-day competition, an Olympic qualifying event, is scheduled for June 19th and 20th and is part of the World Athletics Continental Tournament Series.
“It would be a good opportunity for the best Indian athletes if they get a chance to compete in Kazakhstan. We have a good chance to qualify for the Olympics in the women’s 4x100m relay,” the national team coach told IANS.
While coaches and athletes hope to compete on the Asian track, the growing incidence of coronavirus in India has prevented a core group of athletes from competing on the European track this month.
“The situation is changing so fast due to the pandemic in India that we cannot guarantee international competition. The national 4x400m relay teams and the 4×100 women’s relay teams could not compete in the world relays on May 1st and 2nd in Chorzow, Poland due to restrictions. for a trip from the Dutch government, “the coach said.
Last month, javelin throwers, including Niraj Chopra, were unable to travel to Europe for a training program.
The Athletics Federation of India had included six best sprinters for women, including national champion S Dhanalakshmi and Dutee Chand, for the relay team.
“Since the two best runners in the team have less than 11.50 seconds time in the 100 meters, we have a good chance to qualify for the Olympics,” said AFI President Adil Sumarivala.
Archana Suseendran, Hima Das, T Daneshwari and Himashree Roy are the other sprinters in the team at 4×100 meters.