AFI’s qualification guidelines for Asian Championships

The Federation Cup in Patiala (March 15-18) will be the final selection meet for the Asians and athletes are expected to achieve the qualification standards there.

Athletes have been asked to strictly adhere to the AFI’s ‘no-needle policy’. [Representative image]   -  Getty Images

The Athletics Federation of India has announced its qualification guidelines for the Asian championships in Doha, Qatar, in April (21-24).

According to the guidelines announced on Wednesday, the Federation Cup in Patiala (March 15-18) will be the final selection meet for the Asians and athletes are expected to achieve the qualification standards there.

However, the AFI may exempt a few select elite athletes from taking part in the Federation Cup and they will be eligible for selection. The selectors will take the final decision on these athletes.

The AFI has asked athletes who are not part of the national camps to reveal their whereabouts and to submit their documents for accreditation for the Asians well in advance.

And even if they achieve the qualification standard, these non-campers will have to repeat their performance at the confirmatory trials on April 13 at their camp venue.

However, for the relay teams (4x100, 4x400 men & women and 4x400m mixed), only athletes who are in the national camps will be selected.

Only one athlete per event will be selected for an event and if more athletes qualify, the selection committee will decide about the second entry depending on medal chances. If no one qualifies, the selection committee may pick an athlete if there is a chance of winning a medal.

Selected athletes are to report any injury, illness or change in their training status that could affect their chances and also fill in details of the supplements and medications they are currently using and will be taking before and after the meet.

Athletes have also been asked to strictly adhere to the AFI’s ‘no-needle policy’.

AFI’s qualification guidelines for Asian championships (in Doha, April 21-24):

Men: 100m (10.25s), 200m (20.60s), 400m (45.85s). 800m (1:48s), 1500m (3:46s). 5000m (13:50s). 10,000 (29:50s). 110m hurdles (13.50s), 400m hurdles (50s). 3000m steeple chase (8:35s). Pole vault (5.40m), High jump (2.25m), Long jump (7.90m), Triple jump (16.50m). Shot put (19.50m), Discus throw (60m), Javelin throw (80.75m), Hammer throw (73.50m). Decathlon (7500 pts). 4x100m relay (39s), 4x400m relay (not set).

Women: 100m (11.40s), 200m (23.30s), 400m (52.75). 800m (2:05s), 1500m (4:15s). 5000m (15:50s), 10,000m (32:50s), 3000m steeple chase (9:50s). 100m hurdles (13.50s), 400m hurdles (57.50s). Pole vault (4.25m), High jump (1.85m), Long jump (6.45m), Triple jump (13.80m). Shot put (17m), Discus throw (58.50m), Javelin throw (58m), hammer throw (63m). Heptathlon (5800 pts). 4x100m relay (44.50s), 4x400m relay (3:34s).

Mixed: 4x400m mixed relay (3:20s).