26 July 2017, Kochi: The selection committee of Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has picked a 24-member team which will compete in 14 different disciplines at the IAAF World Championships to be held in London from August 4-13, 2017. Eight of these athletes are from Kerala.
Muhammed Anas Yahiya (400m & 4x400m relay), Irfan KolothumThodi (20km race Walk), Gopi Thonakal (Marathon), Kunhu Mohammed and Sachin Roby (4x400 relay). In the women section Jisna Mathew, Anilda Thomas and Anu Raghavan are selected for 4x400m relay.
The Indian team comprises 14 men who will participate in eight different disciplines at the worlds while ten women athletes will compete six various events.
India’s campaign at the world championships will begin with long distance runner G. Lakshmanan’s participation in the mens’ 10000m final on August 5.
A 13-member support staff comprising team officials, coaches, masseurs and team doctor will also accompany the team which will depart for London on 27th July 2017 from New Delhi.
Men: 20km walk- Irfan KolothumThodi, Devender Singh and Ganapathi Krishnan; 400m & 4x400m relay- Muhammed Anas Yahiya; 5000m & 10000m- LakshmananGovindnan; 110m hurdles- Siddhanth Thingalaya; Marathon- Gopi Thonakal; Javelin Throw: Neeraj Chopra and Davinder Singh Kang; 4x400m Relay- Arokia Rajiv, Amoj Jacob, Kunhu Mohammed, Mohan Kumar Raja, Sachin Roby.
Women: 20 km walk- Khushbir Kaur; 400m & 4x400m relay- Nirmala; Heptathlon- Swapna Barman; Marathon- Monika Motiram Athare; Javelin Throw- Annu Rani; 4x400m relay- Poovamma Raju Machettira, Jisna Mathew, Anilda Thomas, JaunaMurmu, Anu Raghavan.
Team officials & coaches:
Vishal Kumar Dev, IAS, (team leader); Tony Daniel (team manager), Radha Krishnan Nair (deputy chief coach), Galina Bukharina (coach), PT Usha (coach), Surendra Singh (coach), Alexander Arstybashev (coach), Raj Mohan (coach), Bahadur Singh Chauhan (coach), Anju Bobby George (coach/observer), ArunMendiratta (team doctor), Pawan Kumar (male masseur), Kinga Lidia (female masseur).