22 August 2018
New Delhi. Monika Chaudhary, the 1500m athlete from Uttar Pradesh, failed to meet the Asian Games qualification mark of 4:16.88 set by AFI as she clocked 4:35.51 in the re-confirmatory trial held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday.
A petition was filed before Hon’ble Delhi High Court by Monika challenging her exclusion from 1500m event for the Asian Games 2018 which began in Jakarta, Indonesia from 18 August 2018. Monika was excluded from the Indian team by the AFI selection committee after she registered a timing of 4:41.06 at the confirmatory trial held in Bhutan on 15 August 2018.
In the High Court on Tuesday, AFI through their counsels proposed that it can conduct a retrial for the athlete if needed. The Hon’able Court agreed that the athlete had to undergo the fresh trial in order to go to Jakarta and achieve the qualification mark of 4:16.88 set by AFI.
As the timing registered by the athlete is well above the AFI qualification mark for Asian Games, she will not be permitted join the Indian team in Jakarta. The athletics competitions will begin from Saturday.