The swanky Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Hanamkonda, Warangal in Telangana which is able to host the National Open Athletics Championships within the subsequent 5 days beginning Wednesday can be bereft of high stars however Athletics Federation of India hopes recent faces can be launched as an alternative.
The first athlete to win that elusive medal in Olympics, Neeraj Chopra who went on to win gold medal within the current Tokyo Games, can be absent for apparent causes and so would be the a bunch of others who made it to the finals Kamalpreet Kaur in girls’s discus throw or Avinash Sable in males’s 3000m steeplechase who competed in Tokyo National Stadium can be conspicuous by their absence. Not to overlook the athletes who competed within the 2020 Nairobi World Under-20 Athletics Championship too selected to overlook the occasion like Shaili Singh who received silver medal in lengthy bounce and blended relay staff which received bronze medal.
However, the season-ender and the eleventh national-level occasion in Olympic 12 months has nonetheless attracted athletes from institutional groups like Railways, Services, All India Police amongst 20-odd states too. Railways have come right here with report 87 athletes, together with 43 girls, whereas Services staff – solely males – is the second largest with 57 members and All India Police will area 50, together with 24 girls athletes.
The entries of no less than 122 athletes have been rejected for not reaching the qualifying requirements set by the AFI or for reaching the venue with out a certificates of efficiency.
The 2018 Jakarta Asian Games gold medallists Arpinder Singh in males’s triple bounce and Swapna Burman within the heptathlon are the largest draw. VK Elakkiadasan of Railways and Shanmuga Srinivas Nalubothu of Andhra Pradesh who clocked quickest 200m sprinter this season can be extending their rivalry.
The battle for supremacy, within the males’s lengthy bounce occasion, between Muhammed Anees Yahiya and Yugant Shekhar Singh can be keenly watched.
In girls’s lengthy bounce within the absence of World U20 silver medalist Shaili Singh, Priyanka Kerketta of Railways, Mareena George of Kerala, Sherin Abdul Gafoor of Tamil Nadu and hosts Nandini Agasara will attempt to make it an intense conflict.
Haryana’s Summy Kaliravan, bronze medallist of the 4x400m blended relay squad within the Nairobi World meet, Tokyo Olympian Revathi Veeramani, Archa Suseendran will seem in girls’s 400m. Bhawna Jat, who competed in Tokyo Games in girls’s 20km race stroll, discus thrower Navjeet Kaur Dhillon, sprinters Himashree Roy and C Kanimozhi are some acquainted names.
Priyanka Bhowmick, 14, of Tripura would be the child of the meet whereas Pavana Nagaraj, 15, of Karnataka who has a private better of 1.73m, can be competing in girls’s 100m and excessive bounce occasions, respectively.
The National Open is the second national-level competitors in Warangal in two years after the National Cross-Country Championships in January final 12 months. The organisers – Telangana Athletics Association and the district administration of Warangal – have left no stone unturned to make sure that the competitors is held in keeping with the Athletics Federation of India’s commonplace of working process and following Covid-19 protocols.