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AFI names 26-member Indian squad for Tokyo Olympics

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New Delhi, July 5 (MNN) The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Monday announced a 26-member squad to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The athletics events start on July 31 and will run through August 9.

AFI President Adille J Sumariwalla said the Federation was looking forward to a good show by the Indian athletic contingent.

“We are happy that it is a well-prepared team, physically and emotionally, for the Olympics. The world has been through a lot and athletes have been challenged to stay in good shape, retain form and in good spirits.”

Sumariwalla said it was significant that 12 athletes and the 4x400m mixed relay team had attained Entry Standards laid down by World Athletics to secure automatic berths.

Dutee Chand (women’s 100m and 200m), MP Jabir (men’s 400m hurdles), Gurpreet Singh (men’s 50km race walk) and Annu Rani (women’s javelin throw) are assured of entries on the strength of their rankings.

The squad:

Men: Avinash Sable (3000m steeplechase); MP Jabir (400m hurdles): M Sreeshankar (long jump); Tajinderpal Singh Toor (shot put); Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh (javelin throw); KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar and Rahul Rohilla (20km walk) and Gurpreet Singh (50km walk); 4x400m relay: Amoj Jacob, Arokia Rajiv, Muhammed Anas, Naganathan Pandi, Noah Nirmal Tom; 4x400m mixed relay: Sarthak Bhambri, Alex Antony

Women: Dutee Chand (100m and 200m); Kamalpreet Kaur and Seema Antil-Punia (discus throw) and Annu Rani (javelin throw); Bhawna Jat and Priyanka Goswami (20km walk), and (mixed 4x400m relay): Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan and Dhanlakshmi Sekhar.

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