Tokyo Olympics 2020: Neeraj Chopra, Dutee Chand among athletes included in AFI's list of national campers
Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, quarter-miler Hima Das and sprinter Dutee Chand figured among the list of national campers named by the Athletics Federation of India for the period up to the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Sprinter Dutee was named as part of a nine-member women's 4x100m relay team to be based at NIS Patiala
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and quarter-miler Hima Das are also part of the same camp which will go on till next year's Games
Shot putter Inderjeet Singh, who was handed a four-year ban by CAS, will be removed from the list after initially being included
New Delhi: Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, quarter-miler Hima Das and sprinter Dutee Chand figured among the list of national campers named by the Athletics Federation of India for the period up to the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Both Neeraj and Hima did not take part in the recently concluded World Championships while Dutee failed to qualify for the semi-finals after a disappointing performance.
Dutee, who broke her own 100m national record during the National Open in Ranchi, was named as part of a nine-member women's 4x100m relay team to be based at NIS Patiala. Both Neeraj and Hima have also been named for the same camp.
Neeraj underwent a surgery on his right elbow in May and is on course to full recovery while Hima pulled out of the showpiece event in Doha in the eleventh hour due to her persistent back injury.
Shot putter Inderjeet Singh, who was handed a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) earlier this month, was also included in the list of NIS Patiala campers, but AFI later said that his name will be removed.
"The list of national campers keeps on changing and his name was earlier there. So, after his ban by the CAS, he cannot be there. We will remove his name," an AFI official said.
The CAS had overturned National Anti-Doping Agency's (NADA) Appeal Panel decision to give a clean chit to Inderjeet.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
The comments by Canadian IOC member Richard Pound to BBC came as Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency on Thursday for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures.
His words come as recent polls in Japan show 80% of the public believe the Olympics should not happen with virus cases surging — or will not happen.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Japan says 'no truth' in Games cancellation report; PM Yoshihide Suga 'determined' to host
Tokyo 2020 organisers, when asked about the report, said they were focused on delivering a "safe and secure" Games.