Sprinter Dutee Chand has been added to India’s team for the World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha later this month after the national federation accepted an invite from the international parent body for her participation.
“The IAAF sent an invite, saying Dutee can compete in the World Championships and the AFI has accepted it. So, her participation is confirmed,” said an AFI source. The selection committee of the AFI had also approved the names of Archana Suseentran (200m women) and high jumper Tejaswin Shankar, subject to an invitation from the IAAF.
Tejaswin pulled out, informing the AFI that he was not in a ‘jumping shape’ while Archana did not get an invite from the IAAF. “We did not get any invite from the IAAF regarding Archana,” added the source. Women’s 400m runner Anjali Devi is the only athlete left in contention for a berth. She has been asked by the selection committee to appear in a confirmatory trial on September 21 at the NIS Patiala.