Odisha Sprinter Dutee Chand Included in India Squad, to Take Part in World Athletics Championships


New Delhi:  Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand has been included in the India squad for the World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha later this month.

Initially, the sprinter’s name was excluded when a 25-member squad was announced earlier this week after she failed to meet the qualification mark in her pet event.

Her selection was possible after the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) accepted an invite for her participation from its parent body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Participation of @DuteeChand is confirmed yesterday late evening by AFI to IAAF in Women’s 100m,” the Athletics Federation of India tweeted.

“Ace Sprinter @DuteeChand is selected in the Indian team for upcoming #DohaWorldChampionships, slated to begin from September 27 this year,” tweeted Odisha Sports.

The AFI selection committee has also approved the names of Archana Suseentran (women’s 200m) and high jumper Tejaswin Shankar, subject to an invitation from the IAAF.

Dutee could not meet the qualification mark of 11.24 seconds, but has managed to get the required number to be among the competitors in the world event, according to reports.

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