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Many varsities Nationwide champions to skip Khelo India College Video games


The athletics competitors of the fourth Khelo India College Video games begins in Guwahati on Sunday, however many Nationwide varsities champions have determined to offer the Video games a miss.

Madras College’s quartermiler S.Okay. Kaven, dash hurdler R. Manav and 400m hurdler Ashwin Krishna — all gold medallists finally month’s Nationwide inter-university championships in Chennai — is not going to be in motion on the Khelo India occasion.

“The college had knowledgeable the universities (in regards to the Khelo India College Video games) however we didn’t get info from them. We don’t know whether or not their faculty refused to ship them or the athletes refused to go,” Gopalakrishnan, the supervisor of the Madras College staff, instructed The Hindu on Saturday night.

Kaven had clocked a private finest 47.09s whereas successful the varsities Nationals 400m gold in early January.

Calicut College triple jumper V.S. Sebastian, who was adjudged as the very best athlete on the males’s varsities Nationals after producing a private finest 16.19m, has additionally determined to skip the Khelo India Video games.

“I need to deal with the Athletics Federation of India meets this season, beginning with the Federation Cup (in Might),” stated the 20-year-old, who’s coached by T.P. Ouseph, who had guided World Championships lengthy leap bronze medallist Anju Bobby George earlier.

“My elder sister Meera Shibu (the triple leap champion on the ladies’s varsities Nationals in Bhubaneswar in December) has additionally determined to skip the Khelo India occasion. She has acquired an ankle ache too.

“She had gained gold on the Khelo India College Video games earlier, however there’s not a lot profit in competing within the meet, you don’t get grace marks or any money awards there. She can also be specializing in AFI meets this 12 months,” stated Sebastian from his coaching base close to Irinjalakuda in Thrissur.

The highest eight finishers on the varsities Nationwide meets routinely qualify for the Khelo India College Video games however because the AFI doesn’t recognise performances of the inter-university Nationals, the Khelo India Video games supply probability for athletes to impress the nationwide federation and get into nationwide camps too.

Over 400 athletes can be in motion within the three-day occasion.

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