NEW DELHI: The 2018 Asian Video games 800m champion, Manjeet Singh of Haryana, and 400m nationwide report holder Muhammed Anas are amongst a number of main athletes who’re set to skip the upcoming first Indian Grand Prix scheduled to be held at Patiala’s Nationwide Institute of Sports activities (NIS). Response to the opposite occasions of the competitors can be not encouraging, mentioned sources.
Nonetheless, nationwide 100m report holders within the males’s and ladies’s classes, Amiya Kumar Mallick and Dutee Chand, respectively, have confirmed their participation within the season-opening monitor competitors.
“I am treating the competitors as a warmup race for the Federation Cup to be held subsequent month. I’ll see how my physique reacts to the race as I am racing after a protracted hole because of the pandemic after which put together for the competitors subsequent month,” Mallick informed IANS.
Competitors within the males’s class shall be held in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 5,000m, 400n hurdles, lengthy soar, triple soar, and shot put. And girls will compete in 4 monitor races –100m, 200m, 400m, 800m — and three area occasions — lengthy soar, shot put and discus throw.
Because the response to the inaugural Indian Grand Prix is poor, there shall be direct finals, mentioned a supply. Within the males’s 400m, Anas is a notable absentee. Even Rajiv Arokia, the second greatest quarter-miler within the nation, is not competing. There are eight entries within the 400m whereas seven athletes will contest the 800m race.
The nationwide report holder in males’s lengthy soar, Murali Sreeshankar, can be lacking from the entry checklist.
Within the ladies’s 200m race, there are solely three entries. Girls’s discus and shot put, too, have three entries every.
The competitors is being held in choose disciplines to construct up for the primary competitors in March.