Elite Indian athletes are camping in Europe to fine tune their skills ahead of the Budapest World Athletics Championships starting August 19 in Hungary. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) will field a 28-member team including five female athletes for the upcoming global competition.
While India’s Olympic champion in men’s javelin throw Neeraj Chopra is based out of Magglingen (Switzerland), middle and long distance runners, including Avinash Sable are based in the Alpine town of St Moritz.
“Majority of the athletes have reached Hungary to get acclimatized to local weather conditions,” Radhakrishnan Nair, chief athletics coach said.
Long jumper Shaili Singh will leave for Budapest this weekend, javelin throwers DP Manu and Kishore Kumar Jena are expected to join the team next week.
Parul Chaudhary (3000m steeplechase), Shaili Singh (long jump), Annu Rani (javelin), Jyothi Yarraji (100mh), Bhawna Jat (20km race walk).
Men: Krishan Kumar (800m), Ajay Kumar Saroj (1500m), Santhosh Kumar (400mh), Avinash Sable (3000m steeplechase), Sarvesh Anil Kushare (high jump), Jeswin Aldrin, Murali Sreeshankar (long jump), Praveen Chithravel, Abdulla Aboobacker, Eldhouse Paul (triple jump), Neeraj Chopra, DP Manu, Kishore Kumar Jena (javelin), Akashdeep Singh, Vikash Singh, Paramjeet Singh (20km race walk), Ram Baboo (35km race walk).
Men’s 4x400m relay (Amoj, Jacob, Muhammed Anas, Muhammed Ajmal, Rajesh Ramesh, Arul Rajalingam, Mijo Chacko Kurian).