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AFI chief Adille Sumariwalla laments assumption that two Tokyo 2020 hopefuls caught doping were track and field athletes
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AFI chief Adille Sumariwalla laments assumption that two Tokyo 2020 hopefuls caught doping were track and field athletes

Asked if it is a matter of concern that athletes are in doping net, ahead of the Olympics, AFI president Adille Sumariwalla did not give a direct answer.

Federation Cup 2021: Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra star attraction at athletics meet
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Federation Cup 2021: Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra star attraction at athletics meet

Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will be the biggest attraction among 617 athletes, who would ply their trade at the 24th Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships starting on Monday

Indian athletics coach Nikolai Snesarev found dead at NIS Patiala hostel room
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Indian athletics coach Nikolai Snesarev found dead at NIS Patiala hostel room

The cause of death of Nikolai Snesarev is yet to be determined. The Sports Authority of India doctor at the NIS declared him dead and the body has been referred to the government hospital for post-mortem.

Radhakrishnan Nair handed full-time chief coach role by Athletics Federation of India
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Radhakrishnan Nair handed full-time chief coach role by Athletics Federation of India

AFI President Adille Sumariwalla expressed confidence that Nair will be able to guide Indian athletes to greater heights.

TOPS core list of track and field athletes includes discus thrower Seema Punia, who last competed in 2018
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TOPS core list of track and field athletes includes discus thrower Seema Punia, who last competed in 2018

Arpinder Singh's name was excluded from the TOPS core group after a performance review by the Mission Olympic Cell on Thursday. However, discus thrower Seema Punia, who last competed in 2018, is still a part of the core group, raising questions about the review process.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers have 'cast-iron determination' to stage Games in 2021, says Sebastian Coe
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers have 'cast-iron determination' to stage Games in 2021, says Sebastian Coe

"The future is uncertain but let me give you a slightly more optimistic message. I recently visited Tokyo... there I saw a cast-iron determination to stage the Olympics," Sebastian Coe said at AFI's AGM.

Adille Sumariwalla elected Athletics Federation of India chief for third term, Anju Bobby George senior VP
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Adille Sumariwalla elected Athletics Federation of India chief for third term, Anju Bobby George senior VP

For Sumariwalla, the coming four-year term (2020-2024) will be his last as AFI president as the National Sports Code of 2011 allows only three continuous terms as head of a national sports federation.

World Athletics vice-president Geoff Gardner says ‘finding new ways of presenting events’ critical to success of sport
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World Athletics vice-president Geoff Gardner says ‘finding new ways of presenting events’ critical to success of sport

World Athletics vice-president Gardner was speaking on the concluding day of the two-day online seminar for announcers and event presentation managers in the modern era.

Indian mixed relay team’s 2018 Asian Games silver upgraded to gold after Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya fails dope test
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Indian mixed relay team’s 2018 Asian Games silver upgraded to gold after Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya fails dope test

Bahrain, which had topped the 4x400 mixed relay final, was disqualified after Kemi Adekoya was handed a four-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing a dope test.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sprinter Hima Das not worried about qualification, focused on regaining fitness after injury
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sprinter Hima Das not worried about qualification, focused on regaining fitness after injury

Hima, the reigning junior world champion in 400m, is yet to qualify for the postponed Tokyo Olympics and the international season has been suspended till 30 November due to the global health crisis

Every sport probably has several Sachin Tendulkars, but they need the right platform, says Indian athletics chief Adille Sumariwalla
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Every sport probably has several Sachin Tendulkars, but they need the right platform, says Indian athletics chief Adille Sumariwalla

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla on Wednesday said that every sports discipline in the country has athletes who can be compared with Sachin Tendulkar but they need right platform to showcase their talent.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra recommended by AFI for Khel Ratna for third consecutive year
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Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra recommended by AFI for Khel Ratna for third consecutive year

Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was on Saturday recommended for the coveted Khel Ratna Award by the committee constituted by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for the third time in a row.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Track and field athletes to commence outdoor training from Monday with initial focus on fitness regimen
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Track and field athletes to commence outdoor training from Monday with initial focus on fitness regimen

Track and field athletes will return to outdoor training on Monday after two months of being confined to their rooms due to the coronavirus-forced lockdown but the early focus will be entirely on their fitness regimens to avoid injury.

Coronavirus Outbreak: No Indian athletes to take part in international events this year, says AFI President Adille Sumariwalla
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Coronavirus Outbreak: No Indian athletes to take part in international events this year, says AFI President Adille Sumariwalla

Earlier this month, the AFI prepared a tentative calendar for this year starting with the Indian Grand Prix on 12 September and squeezing in three national champions in a period of less than two months

Sports ministry wants to take time to decide on resumption of outdoor training for track and field athletes, says AFI president
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Sports ministry wants to take time to decide on resumption of outdoor training for track and field athletes, says AFI president

Taking stock of the situation during a virtual meeting, Rijiju interacted with top track and field athletes, including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and sprinter Hima Das.

AFI prepares tentative schedule with events starting in September, tenure of office-bearers extended
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AFI prepares tentative schedule with events starting in September, tenure of office-bearers extended

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Saturday decided to tentatively start the 2020 season's competitions in September provided the health crisis, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is settled by then.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Narinder Batra says he’ll continue to push for outdoor training of athletes during lockdown
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Narinder Batra says he’ll continue to push for outdoor training of athletes during lockdown

Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra on Saturday said he will again request the government to allow national campers to undergo outdoor training inside the country's major sports centres during the coronavirus-forced lockdown.

AFI urges athletes to stay mentally strong during lockdown, take advantage of extra time ahead of Tokyo Olympics
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AFI urges athletes to stay mentally strong during lockdown, take advantage of extra time ahead of Tokyo Olympics

The Olympics, originally scheduled for July-August, has been postponed to next year in the wake of the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus Outbreak: National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship postponed as AFI seeks to revamp event calendar
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Coronavirus Outbreak: National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship postponed as AFI seeks to revamp event calendar

The AFI said that a new competition calendar, as well as fresh training programmes for national campers, will be prepared by the Planning Committee after discussions with coaches and foreign experts

Coronavirus pandemic forces AFI to allow participation of only athletes part of national camps in first edition of Indian Grand Prix
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Coronavirus pandemic forces AFI to allow participation of only athletes part of national camps in first edition of Indian Grand Prix

The AFI on Monday had said that the first two competitions of the Indian Grand Prix (IGP) series will be held without any spectators and all the athletes coming from outside will be allowed to enter the NS-NIS campus after a medical check-up by AFI/SAI medical team at the SAI NS-NIS gate.