India eyes Gold with 31 strong athletics team

March 13, 2018

SportsNeeraj Chopra

Performances were the buzzword for athletes who wished to take part in the Commonwealth Games 2018. And the selection committee has stuck to its guidelines while selecting the contingent who will go to the Gold Coast. After much deliberation and discussions with various coaches and trainers, the CWG selection committee has picked 31 athletes out of a quota of 37 available to them.

“We decided that we need not fill up all the quota of 37 because we cannot send the athletes who were much below the qualifying standards. There is no point sending an athlete who have a remote chance of a medal,” said chairman GS Randhawa.

There are many who would represent the country for the first time. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon is one of them. She is a discus thrower who bagged silver in the Fed Cup. Prix. Dhillon crossed the 59m qualifying mark with a best throw of 59.18m at the Indian GP. Junior national javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra will also be playing in his first CWG. Another surprise is the exclusion of CWG gold medallist Vikas Gowda. He himself decided to opt out of the Games due to personal reasons.

Athletes were also required to attend the national camp to merit selection. “The selection of the team was a smooth affair and all the decisions were unanimous among the members. We have chosen all those who have crossed the AFI’s qualifying standards and some more who got close to the mark,” said one official.

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