India named 53 strong athletics team for Asian Games

Vastavam web: Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and defending champion Seema Antil were today named in India’s 53 strong athletics team for the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.Neeraj and Seema were exempted from the just-concluded National Interstate Athletics Championships in Guwahati but they have been asked to undergo a confirmatory trial on August 15.The National Interstate Athletics Championships was the final selection trial to pick the team.”We have strictly applied the IOA criteria of top six performance of last Asiad and that is why the number of athletes is less this time,” he added.

India had been given a quota of 102 athletes by the Asian Games organisers but the final number will be around half of that.”We are sending only the medal prospects and our guidelines are within top 4 performance of last Asian Games which is even stricter than that of IOA,” said the AFI chief.Meanwhile, IOA secretary-general Rajeev Mehta said that India’s team for the Asian Games will be less than the last edition.