National record holder quarter-miler Mohammed Anas Yahiya has been included in India's 4x400m relay team for the Commonwealth Games 2022 in place of an injured athlete, Athletics Federation of India said on Wednesday. (More Sports News)
Anas, who was not named in the initial squad of 37 announced last month by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), replaced Rajesh Ramesh in the relay team for the Games which begin on Thursday.
“In the 4x400m men's relay team, we have replaced Rajesh Ramesh, who has a minor injury and could not perform as expected at the World Championships with Mohammed Anas,” AFI president Adille Sumariwalla said in a release.
Anas was a part of the Indian 4x400m relay quartet that failed to qualify for the finals of the recent World Championships in Eugene, USA after finishing 12th overall in the heat races. Two athletes --- sprinter Sekar Dhanalakshmi and triple jumper Aishwarya Babu were axed due to failed dope test.
After Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra's injury-related pull-out alongside Asian record holder shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor, the Indian athletics squad will comprise 32 members.
National record holder high jumper Tejaswin Shankar was earlier added to the team in place of Arokia Rajiv, who was one of the 37 athletes named initially, after he won a case against the AFI at the Delhi High Court. MV Jilna, who was named in place of Dhanalakshmi, also failed a dope test.
The team now consists of 17 men and 15 women. India was represented by a 26-member team in the 2018 Gold Coast CWG and it won 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. National record holder Dutee Chand will take part in the 100m dash while Hima Das will feature in 200m sprint.
Hima had won 100m gold, beating Dutee, in the National Inter-State Championships last month and had clinched a silver in 200m. Avinash Sable will run in men's 5000m race, besides his pet event of 3000m steeplechase. He holds national records in both events. He had finished 11th in the 3000m steeplechase final in the World Championships in Eugene, USA, last week.
Nitender Rawat will begin India's campaign in the men's marathon race on Saturday. The other athletics events begin on August 2. “Overall, we are expecting a good performance from these youngsters and we want them to give their best and win more medals for India,” Sumariwalla said.
Indian Athletics Team At CWG 2022:
Men: Avinash Sable (3000m Steeplechase and 5000m); Nitender Rawat (Marathon); M Sreeshankar and Muhammed Anees Yahiya (Long Jump); Abdulla Aboobacker, Praveen Chithravel and Eldhose Paul (Triple Jump); DP Manu and Rohit Yadav (Javelin Throw); Tejaswin Shankar (High Jump); Sandeep Kumar and Amit Khatri (Race Walk); Amoj Jacob, Noah Nirmal Tom, Muhammed Ajmal, Naganathan Pandi and Muhammed Anas Yahiya (4x400m Relay).
Women: Dutee Chand (100m and 4x100m relay); Hima Das (200m and 4x100m relay), Jyothi Yarraji (100m Hurdles); Ancy Sojan (Long Jump); Manpreet Kaur (Shot Put); Navjeet Kaur Dhilllon and Seema Antil Punia (Discus Throw); Annu Rani and Shilpa Rani (Javelin Throw); Manju Bala Singh and Sarita Romit Singh (Hammer Throw); Bhawna Jat and Priyanka Goswami (Race Walking); Srabani Nanda and NS Simi (4x100m relay).