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Dilip Tirkey to raise blackout at Indian Grand Prix athletics meet in Rajya Sabha

The first Indian GP, which was conducted at New Delhi’s JLN Stadium on Sunday saw a sudden power outage during the beginning of the event.

Indian Grand Prix, Indian GP, Indian GP Athletics, Athletics India, Athletics India GP, India GP failure, Athletics qualification Olympics, Rio Athletics Qualification, Athletics India, sports news, sports Power failure at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium resulted in electronic timings being unavailable for track events. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

A day after the lackadaisical attitude of Sports Authority of India and the Delhi State Athletics Association robbed sprinters from Orissa — Amiya Mallick and Shrabani Nanda— of potential Olympics berths at the first Indian Grand Prix, Biju Janata Dal MP and former Indian hockey skipper Dilip Tirkey said he would raise the issue at Elders’ House on Tuesday.

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The first Indian Grand Prix, which was conducted at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday saw a sudden power outage during the beginning of the event.

The Grand Prix was then stripped of its Olympics Qualifying status by the Athletics Federation of India as manual timings are not accepted for records by International Association of Athletics.

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Going by the hand-held timings, Amiya Mallick attained the Rio qualification mark with a national record of 10.09 seconds in the men’s 100m. However, the timing will not be ratified. Incidentally, Mallick’s personal best (ratified) stands at 10.51.

Orissa sprinter Srabani Nanda created a new national record in 100m with a timing of 11.23 seconds and achieved the Rio qualifying mark. However, there is an element of human error in manual timings. A common rule of thumb is to add 0.24 to hand-held timings in the 100 metre event.

Tirkey, who has represented India at the Olympics several times, said he has given a notice for a discussion during Zero Hour.

“It’s a very unfortunate event and should not have happened considering that the event was a qualifying one for Rio Olympics in August,” said Tirkey. Like him, BJD Rajya Sabha MP Bhupinder Singh, wrote a letter to Union sports minister Sarbabnanda Sonwal demanding a re-test.

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Amiya Mallick was crestfallen after the development saying it would not be easy to repeat the same performance at the next event. Mallick and Nanda’s coach Nilamadhav Deo said that the organisers of the season opening meet behaved in an unprofessional manner. The next Olympics qualifier will be the Federation Cup at the same venue from April 28 to 30. The Indian athletes would also get another chance at the second Indian GP in Patiala on May 7.

First published on: 26-04-2016 at 01:06:40 am
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