The ladies’s 4x100m and the boys’s 4x400m relay groups had been to board a KLM flight to Amsterdam within the wee hours on Thursday however the Dutch authorities has suspended flights from India efficient Monday night.
The Athletics Federation of India is making an attempt to ebook an alternate flight obtainable to any European metropolis en path to Silesia in Poland the place the occasion will likely be held. There isn’t any direct flight to Poland from India.
“There’s a severe doubt that our workforce might not have the ability to participate within the World Relays. Many European nations have suspended flights from India. So we could also be caught and there’s a excessive risk that the workforce might not go for the occasion,” a high AFI official advised PTI.
“However nonetheless we try, speaking to the federal government and to our embassies in the event that they might help our athletes to fly in any European metropolis like Frankfurt from the place they will proceed to Poland. We’re additionally making an attempt for any connecting flight to Dubai or another West Asian metropolis.”
S Dhanalakshmi, who had overwhelmed Dutee within the remaining of ladies’s 100m dash within the Federation Cup final month, was additionally named within the workforce, together with Archana Suseendran, Himashree Roy and AT Daneshwari.
India may also area groups within the males’s 4x400m within the occasion to be held in Chorzow, Silesia, in Poland.
The highest eight groups from the World Athletics Relays will routinely qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
The ladies’s 4x400m relay workforce has pulled out of the occasion as greater than two members are unfit.
The Indian combined 4x400m relay workforce has already certified for the Tokyo Olympics after reaching the ultimate through the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
The AFI was hopeful of the ladies’s 4x100m relay workforce qualifying for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo.
The World Relays would be the first main worldwide occasion for Indian sprinters for the reason that Asian Athletics Championships in Doha in April 2019.