Injury cloud over Vikas

Injury cloud over Vikas

Injury cloud over Vikas

Reigning Asian champion discus thrower Vikas Gowda has suffered a shoulder injury and his participation in the Rio Olympics is subject to fitness, the Athletics Federation of India said on Tuesday.

AFI President Adille Sumariwalla said that Gowda's father had informed the federation that the ace discus thrower, who will be gunning for his fourth Olympics in Rio, has suffered a 'minor' shoulder injury but he will be fine for the Games.

The 33-year-old Gowda is based in the United States and he has not taken part in any competitive event this season.

"I have spoken to Gowda's father and he said his son has suffered a minor shoulder injury. I cannot send a doctor to US and assess Gowda's injury. I have to believe in what his father says. His father says it's a minor injury and he should be fine for Olympics. I have to believe in that," Sumariwalla said at a media briefing.

"He (Gowda) will have to prove his fitness sometime before the start of Olympics. It will not be a trial but he will have to prove that he is fit to take part in Olympics. Gowda will undergo some kind of throwing session from which we can know he is fit. We will get to know this from his father and the coach," he said.

Besides Gowda, three other Rio-qualified athletes - marathon runner Kavita Raut and race walkers Khushbir Kaur and Sapna - have also been selected subject to fitness.

"Kavita Raut, Khushbir and Sapna will also have to prove fitness before going to Rio," the AFI president said, while issuing the names of 38 athletes, including 18 women, for the Olympics.

Relay team

The AFI also selected the relay teams and sticking out was the attempt to include Priyanka Panwar in the women's 4x400 squad as the sixth member. The AFI list said the choice would be between Priyanka and Anu Raghavan despite the latter having better credentials. Priyanka has not dipped below 54 seconds in the 400M this season while Anu has a seaon's best of 53.54. She also ran a 53.88 in the fourth Indian Grand Prix on Tuesday while Priyanka clocked a poor 54.69.

Other members of the women's longer relay squad are M R Poovamma, Anilda Thomas, Jisna Mathew, Debashree Majumdar and Ashwini Akkunji. Tintu Luka and Nirmala Sheoran, who are in the individual events, can be called upon as first choice runners.


The squad:

Men: Dharambir Singh (200M), Muhammed Anas (400M), Jinson Johnson (800M), Ankit Sharma (long jump), Renjith Maheswary (triple jump), Inderjeet Singh (shot put), Vikas Gowda (discus throw), Nitender Singh Rawat, T Gopi, Kheta Ram (marathon), Manish Singh Rawat, Gurmeet Singh, K Ganapati (20km walk), Sandeep Kumar (50km walk), Arokia Rajiv, A Dharun, Kunhumohammed, Mohan Kumar, Sumit Kumar, Jithin Paul/Lalit Mathur.

Women: Dutee Chand (100M), Srabani Nanda (200M), Nirmala Sheoran (400M), Tintu Luka (800M), Sudha Singh, Lalita Babar (3000M steeplechase), Manpreet Kaur (shot put), Seema Punia (discus throw), O P Jaisha, Kavita Raut (marathon), Khushbir Kaur, Sapna (20km walk), M R Poovamma, Anilda Thomas, Jisna Mathew, Debashree Majumdar, Ashwini Akkunji, Priyanka Panwar/ Anu Raghavan.