Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh’s training trip to Turkey gets cancelled

As Olympics is on the way Indian athletes were set to travel to Turkey for further training and competition.

Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra

A trip to Turkey which was planned for this month for a 40-member Indian contingent has been cancelled. It was earlier reported that India’s track and field athletes would visit Turkey for training as well as a competition tour, according to the national federation. The team included 400m ace Sprinter Hima Das, Commonwealth Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra, Shivpal Singh and both the relay teams in 100m and 400m (men and women).

“We have got clearance from the SAI for this training-cum-competition tour of Turkey. It is a 40-odd contingent including the coaches. We are not getting a training base in Europe because of various reasons, so we have decided on Turkey,” Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla had told PTI.

However, the same has been cancelled now due to the hard quarantine rules which have come into force in Turkey. “Our athletes will have to undergo a 14-day hard quarantine if they have to go to Turkey. This would mean that they will not be allowed even to go out of their rooms, they will not be able to train,” a source told PTI.

The Indian relay teams are set to take part in the World Athletics Relays at Silesia in Poland on May 1 and 2

World Relay Championship
World Relay Championship

Adille Sumariwalla meanwhile, spoke about the relay teams and said, “The athletes should leave (for Turkey) this month. We have to get the visa first and then book the tickets and the accommodation facilities there in Turkey.”

Sumariwalla said all the athletes training abroad will return to India for the National Inter-State Championships which is another Olympic qualifying event. The event is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru in June.

“The relay teams of 4x100m and 4x400m will travel from Turkey to Poland for the World Relays. Hima will be training for the 4x100m relay team,” the AFI president added.

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