AFI President Adille Sumariwalla seemed confident as he stated that the Indian will secure more medals in track and field events in the upcoming Asian Games than the last edition in 2014. Sumariwalla also added that he urged athletes to say no to any form of drugs ahead of selections.
The Indian track and field contingent will be traveling to Indonesia with high hopes aiming to do better than record after a
Sumariwalla addressed the crowd at the opening ceremony of the of the 58th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship, where he also instructed the athletes to beware of the drug policies by urging them to be careful of what they consume in the next few weeks.
“I am sure our athletes will do better and win more medals this time in Jakarta than the 2014 Asian Games. A few athletes are training alone on their own at undisclosed places. We are aware of that. I am asking all the athletes to remain dope free and say no to drugs,” said the AFI president.
At Incheon, Indian track and field athletes had won 13 medals that included two gold medals out of the country’s total haul of 57 medals. Sumariwalla also revealed that a few athletes like Neeraj Chopra and Seema Punia were exempted from the meet in view of their recent form but they will also have to undergo a fitness trial on August 15 if they aimed to be part of the contingent that traveled to Jakarta for the Asian Games.
The four-day meet in Guwahati will serve as the selection trial for the Asian Games and the Indian team will be picked on June 30, the last date fixed by the Indian Olympic Association. India was awarded 102 quotas in athletics by the Asian Games organizers but it will have to be seen how many eventually end up on the final list to go there.