Sports | The 22-member Indian athletics squad will be led by Neeraj Chopra at the World Championships.

Sports | The 22-member Indian athletics squad will be led by Neeraj Chopra at the World Championships.

Neeraj Chopra, an Olympic champion javelin thrower, will lead a 22-person Indian athletics squad at the World Championships, which will take place in Eugene, Oregon, from July 15 to July 24.

The selected team includes 17 men and five women athletes.

Bhawana Jat, a race walker, and a veteran talk about Seema Punia’s withdrawal from the elite championships.

Like Bhawana, Seema opted to skip the tournament to concentrate on the Commonwealth Games, where she had won medals in each of the previous four editions.

She intends to put all of her attention into the Commonwealth Games, where she won four medals. Adelie Sumariwala, president of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), said when the team was announced that “she feels she has higher chances there and we also feel the same.”

is the team’s other javelin thrower in addition to Chopra and Rohit Yadav.

Avinash Sable, a qualifier in the 3000m steeplechase, Tajinderpal Singh Toor in the shot put, Murali Sreeshankar and Muhammed Anees Yahiya in the long jump, and the triple jump team of Abdulla Aboobacker, Praveen Chithravel, and Eldhose Paul. The following athletes have made the team: Sandeep Kumar (20 km race walking), MP Jabir (400 m hurdles), Noah Nirmal Tom, Muhammad Ajmal, Naganathan Pandi, Rajesh Ramesh, and Muhammad Anas Yahiya (4 x 400 m).

Amos Jacob (4x400m) is also a member of the squad, but his participation is conditional on fitness. If he is not healthy, Arokia Rajiv will take his spot in the relay team.

Women who cut include S Dhanalakhsmi (200 meters), Aishwarya Kailash Mishra (400 meters), Parul Chaudhary (three thousand meters steeplechase), Annu Rani (javelin throw), and Priyanka Goswami (20 kilometers walk).

The inclusion of Parul and Jabir is the lone surprise in the roster.

Jeswin Aldrin, who had previously qualified for the competition, fell short.

Aishwarya Mishra has been chosen with a rider after evading drug testing agencies last month and being permitted by AFI to partake in the National Inter-State Championships.

She will be put through 400-meter trials, and if she passes, she will compete. She will go through NADA testing and electronic timing, according to Sumariwala.

The AFI president responded, “As far as I know, she was tested,” when asked if she had undergone testing for the National Inter-State Championships.

Sumariwala described Mishra’s justification for avoiding drug tests as follows: “She went to see her frail grandmother and lost her phone. She gave that as justification.

The squad will spend some time in Chula Vista, California, according to Sumariwala, before travelling to Eugene for the competition.

The World Athletics qualification standards and world ranking were taken into consideration when choosing the team, he stated.

The squad will soon depart for Chula Vista, where it will stay for a brief period before the World Championships.

Three groups of the contingent will depart for the United States: the first on Saturday, the second on Monday, and the third and last on July 5.

The decision to send the team in batches was taken due to the time taken for getting a US visa

Radhakrishnan Nair, the head coach of Indian athletics, reported that 11 visas had already been approved and the next round of interviews was scheduled for Friday.

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