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Big blow for Indian athletes- Eight month suspension of Olympics qualification period

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The decision to suspend the Olympic qualification period till end of November by world Athletics has dealt a huge blow to Indian track and field competitors aiming for Tokyo. All this has happened due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced many of the countries into lockdown.

Nair, one of the most qualified coaches in the country said to PTI “World Athletics decision will be a big blow for the likes of Tejinderpal Singh Toor, Anu Rani, M Sreeshankar and sprinter Dutee Chand.”

After asking to Nair about the end of this freeze qualification period, Nair said “I think many countries are not sure when the COVID-19 situations will be alright and can start training. Moreover, it is not fare to give athletes almost two years as qualifying period.”

India’s deputy chief national coach Radhakrishnan Nair had already know that this decision will going to disappoint many Indian athletes. The qualifying period for most of the events like long distance races and race walk had began in May 2019 and was to end on June this year.

But due to this Pandemic and after the Olympic was pushed to 2021 the qualification period will resume from December this year and will go on till June 2021.