The Athletics Federation of India named a 20-strong squad which includes Hima Das, for the upcoming World Relays in Silesia, Poland, which will be held on May 1, and 2.

A good time in Poland can give the team a Tokyo berth provided they are within the top eight when the ranking cut off is applied in the last week of June. AFI president Adille Sumariwalla said they tried different countries like South Africa, Czech Republic but because of the complex covid restrictions and norms they deci­ded to go to Turkey for tra­ining and competition.

“The athletes will also take part in some competitions in Turkey and those who have not yet qualified for Olympics can qualify. The facilities are top class and weather is good there,” he added. The Indian mixed 4x400m relay team has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after reaching the final in the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

Das had won the 100m race in the third Indian Grand Prix last month in 11.67 seconds but was disqualified in the final of the Federation Cup National Championships. She had also won a gold in the 200m in the Federation Cup on March 19 with a time of 23.21 seconds.

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