Long jumper Mayookha Johnny won’t be participating in the three legs of the Asian Grand Prix Series,starting with the first event at Bangkok on May 4,as the 25-year-old has opted to train at the Sports Authority of India’s Kengeri centre near Bangalore .
Mayookha wasn’t named in the 22-member Indian team,that included six women athletes,that will be leaving for Bangkok on Thursday. Mayookha will now participate in the Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships to be held in Chennai next month.
“Mayookha decided to pull-out of the Asian Grand Prix Series in order to focus on training. Our aim is to meet the qualifying standards in the long jump for the World Championships in Moscow and for her to reach peak form it is vital that she trains instead of participating in events. Mayookha should be in much better form during the Inter-state meet,” Mayookha’s coach Shyam Kumar said on Wednesday.
Poonia for Diamond League
The Indian challenge at the Asian Grand Prix will be led by women’s discus thrower Krishna Poonia,who will be participating in the first two legs before heading to Doha to compete in the Diamond League to be held on May 10. “The Doha Diamond League will have some of the best athletes in the world and will help be gauge my form and preparation of the Asian Athletics Championships and the World Championships,” Poonia said.
Another Olympian,men’s shot-putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana has also been named in the Asian Grand Prix squad that was picked based on the performance at the recently concluded Federation Cup in Patiala.
The second-leg of the Asian Grand will be held in Chonburi in Thailand on May 8 and followed by the Colombo leg on May 12.
Squad: (Men): Shameer Mon (100m,4×100),Arokia Rajiv (400m),Nitendra Singh Rawat,Ketha Ram (3000m/5000m),Sidhanth Thingalaya (110m hurdles,4×100),Arpinder Singh,Renjith Maheswary (triple jump),Nikhil Chitarasu,Jithin Thomas (high jump),OP Karhana,Jasdeep Singh Dhillon (shot put),Davinder Singh,Vipin Kasana (javelin),Mohan Vijay Kumar,Ritesh Anand,T Balamurugna (4×100).
(Women): MR Poovamma (400m),Sahana Kumari (high jump),Krishna Poonia,Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (discus),Mukesh Kumari (javelin) Anu Mariam Jose (400m)