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Dutee in Asian Athletics Championships squad
Sportslogon Team March 20th 2019

Bhubaneswar : Odisha’s lone athlete Dutee Chand has been named in the seniors tentative 51-member Indian team announced by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) selection committee for the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships to be held in Doha (Qatar) from April 21 to 24.

Asian Games silver medalist Dutee Chand ran 23.30s to win gold medal in the 200 metre event of the IGP series. Her timing also ensured that the Odisha sprinter made the qualifying cut-off for the AAC.

But unfortunate India’s fastest women Dutee missed the 100 metre qualification mark by a whisker in the recently concluded 23rd Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championship at Patiala. She bagged gold medal with a timing of 11.45 seconds, while the qualification timing for Asian Athletic Championships is 11.40 seconds.

The selection committee which met on Tuesday at AFI secretariat in New Delhi under the chairmanship of former Olympian GS Randhawa selected 25 men and 26 women athletes for the mega biennial continental athletics event.

“The selection committee discussed results from recently held four-leg Indian Grand Prix series and 23rd Federation Cup which concluded on Monday in Patiala. The team selected is in three groups. First group comprises of campers while second group comprises of non-campers who will have to undergo confirmatory trials on 13th April before the team departs for Doha. Third group is of sprinters, both men and women, who will compete in 4x100m relay. The participation of 4x100m relay team is also subject to confirmatory trials,” said Adille J Sumariwalla, AFI President.

The other members present at the selection committee meeting were Bahadur Singh, Chief Coach- India, Asian Games medalists Bahadur Singh Sagoo, Praveen Jolly and Uday Prabhu, former Olympians Paramjeet Singh and Jyotirmoyee Sikdar and Deputy Chief Coach- India Radhakrishnan Nair. .
This news was added and updated on : March 20th 2019
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