India announce 17 member squad for IAAF World Championships

Beijing’s famous Bird’s nest stadium will play host to around two thousand athletes from more than 200 countries at the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

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Beijing’s bird’s nest stadium set to host 2015 IAAF World Championships

India send 17 member squad to IAAF World Championships

The Athletics Federation of India announced its 17 member Indian team for the 2015 IAAF World Championships to be held in Beijing, from August 22-30.

The Indian team will be competing in nine different events at the IAAF World Championships. A total of five athletes have been selected for the 20 km walk, three for marathon and another two in the 50 km walk.

India had initially qualified for ten events at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. However, an injury to Rajinder Singh at the Asian Grand Prix series in Thailand earlier in June restricts the javelin thrower from participating at the events in Beijing. He is currently undergoing medical tests for his recovery programme stated the Athletics Federation of India website.

India’s medal hopes in the tournament would be on the shoulders of ace discus thrower and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Vikas Gowda, Asian champion shot putter Inderjeet Singh and Asian Games medallist Tintu Luka along with other athletes.

The famous Bird’s nest Stadium, best remembered as the centrepiece of 2008 Olympic Games, is expected to witness around 2,000 athletes from more than 207 countries competing, out of IAAF’s 214 member federations.

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