He endured “a roller-coaster of emotions” after being overlooked for the Commonwealth Games, but Indian high jumper Tejaswin Shankar says he will “pick the pieces” and do the best possible after getting a last-minute entry into the Birmingham event. Will prepare properly. , National record holder Shankar was on Friday cleared to participate in the Games from July 28 to August 8 after the organizers accepted his entry at the request of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), around a month after his participation. ended the long drama.
Organizers had initially rejected Shankar’s late entry, but the IOA has now received confirmation from the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games organizers regarding acceptance of his entry after a Delegate Registration Meeting (DRM). Has been. The IOA has apprised the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) of the development.
Shankar said, “Lack of words, I can’t say now whether I am happy or sad. It has been a roller-coaster of emotions. I still can’t believe that I am cleared for the Commonwealth Games.” Has been.” told PTI.
“I can’t say I’m shocked or shocked. It’s been ‘yes and no’ (yes and no), it’s happened five to six times, so it’s hard to believe.” The 23-year-old won a case in the Delhi High Court after challenging his exclusion from the Indian athletics team for the CWG. The AFI later told the court that Shankar’s name had been included in the squad in place of Arokia Rajeev, who was in the initial 37-man squad.
The IOA had requested the Birmingham organizers to include Shankar late, but it was rejected on 7 July. However, the organizers on Friday took a U-turn and allowed the high jumper from Delhi to participate in the quadrennial event.
Shankar, who has returned home from the USA where he is studying, will now have to arrange for his visa to be able to reach Birmingham on time. Their qualification round is on August 2 and the final is scheduled for the next day.
“I just returned home from USA two days ago to spend some time with my family as there was no competition. I still had some hope (of participating in CWG).
“So, I went to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (in Delhi) to take some training. I did some weight training but as soon as it started raining, I came back home.” He stated that he was in good physical shape despite the mental torture and was doing light training in Kansas, United States.
“My coach told me it is not 100 per cent a case of missing out or not participating (in the CWG). Also, I can think of some events in August or September. If there are no Commonwealth Games, I need to continue training. Should and should keep himself fit,” he said.
“So, I was training there (in the USA), although not completely, so I’m in good shape physically.” His season-best 2.27m is in the top five performances among Commonwealth athletes, but Shankar is not looking for a medal just yet.
Shankar said, “I have suffered a lot and I need to take the pieces. I am not even thinking about medals or competition. All I can say is that I will give my best in sports.”
“I have to complete the visa formalities first, I haven’t done anything. Hopefully, it will be done on time.” Earlier in the day, the IOA informed the AFI about Shankar’s approval by the organizers of the Commonwealth Games.
“Shri Tejaswin Shankar’s entry has been approved by the CGF and accordingly accepted by the Sports Admissions Department of the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 during the DRM (Representational Registration Meeting),” the IOA wrote.
Shankar filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging the AFI’s decision to drop him from the team, stating that he reached the AFI’s qualification guidelines by jumping 2.27m at the NCAA Championships in USA, where he studied. are.
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