Commonwealth Games 2018: Dharun Ayyasamy, MR Poovamma and 10 other athletes depart for Gold Coast

New Delhi: Another batch of 12 Indian track and field athletes on Thursday left the country for Australia to get acclimatised to the conditions there ahead of next month's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Representational image of hurdles. AFP

Representational image of hurdles. AFP

With four athletes, including star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, having left for Australia on Wednesday, the total number of Indians from track and field to reach Australia well in advance of the CWG has risen to 16.

The team that departed the country on Thursday included quarter-milers Dharun Ayyasamy, Muhammed Anas, Amoj Jacob, Kunhu Mohammed, Arokia Rajiv, Santosh Kumar, Hima Das, MR Poovamma, Sarita Gayakwad and Sonia Baishya, and discus thrower Navjeet Kaur Dhillon and heptathlete Purnima Hembram.

The Indian team will attend a two-week acclimatisation camp at Gold Coast's Sports Super Center before the Games.

Besides Chopra, triple jumper Arpinder Singh and long jumpers Nayana James and Neena Varakil were the athletes who left for Australia on Wednesday.

The Athletics Federation of India had named 31 track and field athletes to represent the country in the 4-15 April Games.

Updated Date: Mar 17, 2018 11:10 AM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See