IAAF rejects AFIs request to include Chitra for World Cships

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 30 (PTI) The IAAF today rejected the Athletics Federation of Indias request to include P U Chitra in the Indian squad for the upcoming World Championships, ending drama around her participation in the prestigious event. The AFI had yesterday requested the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to consider Chitras case after Sports Minister Vijay Goel asked the national federation to honour the Kerala High Court directive. “We did what we could. We did what is within our powers. But the IAAF has rejected our request. We cannot do anything. That (rejection) was their discretion and they must have done it taking into account relevant rules,” an AFI official, who cannot be quoted, told PTI. The Kerala High Court had, on Friday, directed the central government to ensure participation of Chitra in the World Athletics Championships in London next month. Chitra, who recently won a gold medal in the womens 1500m event in the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar, filed the writ petition after she was excluded from the Indian squad by the federation. In her plea, Chitra said her gold medal performance at the Asian Athletics Championships made her an automatic pick for the World Championships. The court also observed that the selection process for the championship appears to be not transparent and qualified athletes were ignored. The Asian Championships winners get an automatic berth for the World Championships but the global governing body IAAFs rules were clear that the national federation is within its powers not to send a continental event winner. It is felt the reason behind her exclusion was that her gold medal effort at the Asian Athletics Championships was not good enough, according to IAAF standrads. PTI PDS AH AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Hummels fit but Rudy doubtful for South Korea clash

first_imgGermany defender Mats Hummels is likely to return for the defending champions’ all important clash with South Korea on Wednesday but Sebastian Rudy is yet to recover from an injury and is doubtful, assistant coach Marcus Sorg said.Hummels missed the 2-1 thriller versus Sweden but returned to training on Monday after recovering from his injury. However, Rudy, who broke his nose during Germany’s last game versus Sweden, underwent surgery and is yet to recover.”Sebi (Rudy) was operated on for the broken nose. He will undergo further checks this afternoon and we will see. We must be prepared that he will not be likely to play,” Sorg told reporters.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Bayern Munich midfielder started against Sweden ahead of out-of-form Sami Khedira but his stay was cut short after a collision that broke his nose. Sorg said that the team doctors will look into the possibility of him playing with a face mask in Kazan but a decision will be taken later. Rudy broke his nose during Germany’s match versus Sweden (Reuters Photo)”If there is the possibility of playing with a mask, without risk to his health, then it is something that could be considered.”The world champions must win their final group game by at least two goals to make sure of a spot in the second round after their shock 1-0 opening loss to Mexico.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThey are level on three points with Sweden with exactly the same goal difference. Mexico are top on six.advertisement”We hope this (victory against Sweden) was the ignition that will give us confidence and allow us to play more freely, use our chances better,” said Marco Reus, who scored the equaliser against the Swedes.”We know that some past world champions have not survived the group stage at their next World Cup but we will do everything so that it does not happen to us,” the winger, playing in his first World Cup, said.”It will be a very difficult game and there will be a lot of counter-attacks from South Korea… they also have a tight defence. We have to do our duty. We have to win against the Koreans and not just 1-0.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more