Despite Hima Das' absence, AFI hopes for a good show in India in the mixed 4x400m season

NEW DELHI: India's 4x400m mixed relay team can reach the final of Doha world cup despite the lack of top quarters miler Hima Das Deputy head coach Radhakrishnan Nair said on Thursday.

Junior World Champion Hima was banned from the September 27 showpiece event on Wednesday for her sustained back injury following a setback for the Indian team, which put much hope into the newly introduced mixed 4x400 m relay event.

No big difference (with the exclusion of Hima). We have to stay positive and still believe that we can reach the final in mixed 4x400m squadrons, Nair told PTI.

The top eight finishers in the relay events of the world cup will automatically qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

India qualified in the world cup as the 14th ranked team in the mixed 4x400m relay based on its Asian Games gold winning time of 3:15.71.

The team from Bahrain was the original winner, but they were stripped from first place when one of their runners was caught for doping.

Muhammed Anas, Arokia Rajiv, M R Poovamma and Hima The ran that race in Jakarta.

In Doha, however, neither Hima nor Rajiv will be present, who is also injured.

Jisna Mathew, Poovamma and VK Vismaya were named for the 4x400m mixed relay together with Jacob Amoj, Anas and Noah Tom Nirmal.

Meanwhile the world is Athletics The IAAF has released on Thursday the preliminary entry list for the flagship event. Twenty-six Indians were on the list, and Hima was expected to be missing.

However, Anjali Devi's participation in the IAAF's provisional list for women's 400m individual race is confirmed on 21 September in Patiala. She was not named in the announced on 9 September 25-man crew.

Dutee Chand (100m women) was also not named in this squad, but later received an invitation from the IAAF to host the AFI Approved.

Archana Suseendran (women 200 m) has not received the IAAF invitation.

In the meantime, it turned out that the president of the Indian Association of Sports Medicine, Dr. Ing. P S M Chandran, in May to the Chairman of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), Rajesh Rajagopalan, wrote that Hima is still at risk despite reports of injuries.

... According to media reports, Hima, who is in Yokohama for the Relay World Championships, suffers from severe back pain that diagnosed a lumbar spondylitis that could be career-threatening for a runner, Chandran, a sports physician, wrote ,

If she suffers from lumbar spondylitis, she must rest and receive physiotherapy treatment and be looked after by the best rehabilitation experts at home and abroad.

Instead of allowing her to continue traveling with the team, she must be recalled and her condition assessed by modern medicine and traditional medicine experts, wrote Chandran, who served as director of the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

In this letter, Chandran also raised questions about Turner Dipa Karmakar 's injury management.

Dipa has been rehabilitated since the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 for her injured and operated knee. Her rehabilitation raises many questions, Chandran said.

The surgeon who operated on her is based in Mumbai, her personal physiotherapist is based in Jammu and she is based in Delhi/Agartala. Dipa has consulted physiotherapists at the SAI, Sports Injury Center, Safdarjung Hospital and some private practitioners.

An anti-gravity treadmill, specially imported for rehabilitation at a cost of Rs 38, is currently idling at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. It is also not known who is the hub responsible for Dipas rehabilitation and whether there are regular rehabilitation measures. Progress report on their rehabilitation will be submitted to TOPS HQ, the letter said.