India’s top athletes told to report for Asian Games selection trials
Many of India’s top track and field athletes are training in foreign countries due to the lack of facilities and coaches in India . However they have been told to report for the Asian Games selection trials to be held in Guwahati from June 26-29, 2018, if they wish to be selected for the Indian track and field athetics team for the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia
The decision was taken by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), as there will be tough competition and the Indian Olympic association is sending a smaller team. Only India’s gold medalist at the Goldcoast, Australia commonwealth games, Neeraj Chopra has been exempted as he has consistently surpassed the qualifying 82 m mark for javelin throw .
However this has led to a lot of resentment among other athletes who are training abroad as they will have to spend a lot of money and waste time to attend the selection trials in India, For example the Incheon Asiad silver medalist Vikas Gowda who is training at Phoenix in the United states has requested the AFI to allow his to participate at a qualifier near his home base, instead of travelling to India , however till date the AFI has not given him the exemption he requested.