The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has removed the names of discus thrower Seema Punia, together with race walkers Bhawna Jat and Rahul Kumar, from the World Athletics Championships 2022, which will take place in Oregon, US, from July 15 to 24.
The AFI will release the complete list of Indian competitors competing at the world athletics championships on Thursday. On Sunday, the meet's qualification period came to a close.
In June of last year, Seema, an Olympian from Tokyo, went beyond the required admission score of 63.5 for Oregon22. At the national inter-state championships, the gold medalist from the Asian Games threw the disc 63.72 meters. The 38-year-old, a four-time medalist at the Commonwealth Games, was unable to surpass the 56-meter barrier in any of the four home competitions this year.
Seema has been named only provisionally to the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games 2022, which will take place in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.
She will need to do well in the contests leading up to the Commonwealth Games, says the AFI, to guarantee her spot on the Indian CWG team. According to an olympics.com article, the AFI's qualifying standard for the Commonwealth Games is 58 meters.
Race walker Bhawna Jat, meanwhile, informed the AFI that she planned to forego the world championships because she had only started training again for the Commonwealth Games. At the world, she was supposed to compete in the women's 20-kilometer race walking competition.
Bhawna has been selected to compete for the Indian CWG team in the 10 km race walking event, although her participation is conditional on fitness.
Rahul Kumar, a race walker, on the other hand, has met the Oregon22 qualification level by February 2021. The Indian team for the Commonwealth Games does not include Rahul.