Guntur: Upbeat after putting India on top in the medals tally at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships 2017 in Bhubaneswar recently, the likes of Mohammed Anas, Ajay Kumar Saroj, Manpreet Singh and other elite Indian athletes will be in action again at the 57thNational Inter-State Athletics Championships starting on Saturday, 15 July 2017 atAcharya Nagarjuna University Guntur- Andhra Pradesh.
The Inter-State Athletics Championships in Guntur is the last chance for those athletes who are yet to attain the qualifying mark for the IAAF World Championships scheduled for August 4-13 in London.
C K Valson, secretary general of AFI said, “Most Indian athletes who participated in the recently concluded Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar will be participating in the Inter-State Championships. Those athletes who have already attained the qualifying mark for the IAAF World Championships will participate to improve their performance while for others it is a golden chance to impress the selection committee. The composition of 4x400m men and women relay teams set to participate inLondon World Championships will also be decided after the Guntur meet.”
The selection committee for finalising the Indian team for the Worlds is scheduled to meet on July 20, 2017 at the AFI headquarters in Delhi.
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