CWG 2018 | AFI fails to register names of two jumpers leaving their participation in doubt

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CWG 2018 | AFI fails to register names of two jumpers leaving their participation in doubt

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SportsCafe Desk

03/22/2018

The participation of jumpers M Sreeshankar and Siddharth Yadav is in doubt for the upcoming CWG after AFI failed to register their names. AFI secretary CK Valson admitted that they have written the Gold Coast organizing committee to try and include some more names on the final list of the athletes.

Jumpers M Sreeshankar and Siddharth Yadav, who performed above expectations at the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships, might have to miss the upcoming Commonwealth Games due to AFI’s (Athletics Federation of India) delay in sending their names to the Gold Coast organising committee. 

Sources within the AFI, who had a hand in the accreditation process, had sent a long list with the names of 100-plus athletes including some who had not appeared for the Federation Cup. These names were all selected based on their past performances at national and international meets, irrespective of whether they were part of the national camps. 

AFI secretary CK Valson had admitted during the Federation Cup in Patiala that they had a minor challenge on its hand. He revealed that a few athletes surprised the federation with their performances. 

“Yes, it is a slight problem. You see, the accreditation process ended in February but some have surprised us with their performances. You can only enter an athlete by name if they are present in the original accreditation list. We have written to the Gold Coast organising committee to try and include some more names in the final list. We are awaiting their reply,” CK Valson was quoted saying by Scroll. 

“The accreditation process for the athletes had ended in mid-December last year. We did not include the names of M Sreeshankar and Siddharth Yadav in the provisional list because we did not expect them to cross the qualifying mark,” Valson added.

Siddharth Yadav’s jump of 2.25 metres saw him finish second in the high jump event of Federation Cup and meet the AFI’s guidelines, but he had clocked a jump of 2.23 metres at the Open Nationals in Chennai. Similarly, Sreeshankar had jumped 7.72 at the Open Nationals and 7.83 in Fed Cup qualification on the 5th of March.

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