Star sprinters Hima Das and Dutee Chand might miss the Olympic qualifying World Athletics Relays in Poland on May 1 and 2 as the Indian team’s connecting flight to Amsterdam has been suspended. The women’s 4x100m and the men’s 4x400m relay teams were to board a KLM flight to Amsterdam in the wee hours on Thursday but the Dutch government has suspended flights from India. The Athletics Federation of India is trying to book an alternate flight available to any European city en route to Silesia in Poland where the event will be held. There is no direct flight to Poland from India.
India will also field teams in the men’s 4x400m in the event to be held in Chorzow, Silesia, in Poland. The top eight teams from the World Athletics Relays will automatically qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The women’s 4x400m relay team has pulled out of the event, as more than two members are unfit. The Indian mixed 4x400m relay team has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. after reaching the final during the 2019 World Championships in Doha.