Tokyo Games: Gurmeet Singh hasn’t been accredited for the Olympics.© AFP
Race walk coach Gurmeet Singh and discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur’s coach Rakhi Tyagi will not be travelling to the Tokyo Olympics due to lack of accreditation. It is learnt that the Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) last-minute effort to get accreditation for Gurmeet and Kamalpreet’s coach Rakhi Tyagi did not work out as their names were in the long list submitted months before the start of Olympics to get accredited. “Gurmeet’s name and that of Rakhi Tyagi were not in the long list submitted a few months ago and AFI’s last minute effort to get them accredited did not bear fruit,” a team source told PTI.
“We are still trying.”
Gurpreet Singh will represent India in the 50km race walk event. He had won the National Race Walking Championships in February and his 60th place in the world rankings gave him an Olympic ticket.
The AFI has named 26 athletes for the Olympics. The 47-member contingent will have 11 coaches, eight support staff, one team doctor and one team leader.
The squad will leave for Tokyo on July 23 with medal hopes primarily lying on javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s shoulders.
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