Anju pulls out due to health issues

Anju George has pulled out of the National Inter-State Athletics Championships, with the long jump champion’s comeback hampered by health problems.

Anju, who left the track after the Beijing Olympic Games, is seeking qualification for the London Olympics on her return to competition but that will have to wait, at least for the time being.

“I was laid low by a respiratory tract infection and though I have recovered now, I am not ready yet for a competition,” said the 2003 World Championships bronze medallist, who holds the national record of 6.83 metres.

Anju’s comeback has been hit by injury and health problems, setting her training back. Now, she will head to Europe for a couple of competitions before the deadline to meet the qualification standard expires on July 8.

“We will be leaving for Europe on July 1 and there is a competition in Sweden on July 5. Besides, I will also be taking part in the Portuguese national championships on July 7/8.
 Right now, I am not in top shape but hope to be ready by then,” said Anju. The qualification standard in long jump is 6.65 (B standard) and 6.75 (A standard).

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