World Athletics Relays: India Miss Olympic Qualifier In Poland Due To Coronavirus-Pressured Flight Suspension

An Indian athletics staff, together with star sprinters Hima Das and Dutee Chand, was on Wednesday pressured out of subsequent month’s Olympic qualifying World Athletics Relays in Poland after the suspension of a connecting flight to Amsterdam owing to a record-shattering spike in COVID-19 circumstances. The ladies’s 4x100m and the lads’s 4x400m relay groups had been to board a KLM flight to Amsterdam within the wee hours on Thursday however the Dutch authorities suspended flights from India efficient Monday night. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) tried to ebook an alternate flight obtainable to any European metropolis en path to Silesia in Poland the place the occasion will probably be held on Could 1 and a pair of as there isn’t a direct flight to Poland from India.

Adille J Sumariwalla, AFI President mentioned, “We’re very disenchanted at this second. There are not any direct flights between Indian airports and Warsaw, Poland. This meant that regardless of the most effective efforts, the squad couldn’t be rerouted on one other airline.”

“For the final 24-hours we’ve got been constantly looking for alternate options… We have now been continually chatting with the Organisers, the World Athletics, varied consulates and airways to reroute them. Beneath the current state of affairs no one has obliged,” he added.

S Dhanalakshmi, who had overwhelmed Dutee within the remaining of ladies’s 100m dash within the Federation Cup final month, was additionally named within the staff, together with Archana Suseendran, Himashree Roy and AT Daneshwari.

India had been additionally set to area groups within the males’s 4x400m occasion to be held in Chorzow, Silesia, in Poland. The highest eight groups from the World Athletics Relays will routinely qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

The ladies’s 4x400m relay staff had earlier pulled out as greater than two members had been unfit. The Indian combined 4x400m relay staff has already certified for the Tokyo Olympics after reaching the ultimate through the 2019 World Championships in Doha. The AFI was hopeful of the ladies’s 4x100m relay staff qualifying from the Poland occasion.


The World Relays would have been the primary main worldwide occasion for Indian sprinters because the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha in April 2019.

The Indian ladies’s 4x100m staff contains Hima Das, Dutee Chand, Dhanalaxmi Sekhar, Archana Suseentran, Daneshwari TA and Himashree Roy whereas males’s 4x400m squad is comprised of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Arokia Rajeev, Amoj Jacob, Nirmal Noah Tom and Sarthak Bhambri.

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