Another set of athletes leave for Australia before Commonwealth Games

With four athletes, including star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, having left for Australia yesterday, the total number of Indians from track and field to reach Australia well in advance of the CWG has risen to 16.

Another set of athletes leave for Australia before Commonwealth Games
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra had left on Wednesday to acclimatise with the Australia conditions. (PTI)

New Delhi: Another batch of 12 Indian track and field athletes left the country for Australia to get acclimatised to the conditions there ahead of next month's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

With four athletes, including star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, having left for Australia yesterday, the total number of Indians from track and field to reach Australia well in advance of the CWG has risen to 16.

The team that departed the country today included quartermilers Dharun Ayyasamy, Muhammed Anas, Amoj Jacob, Kunhu Mohammed, Arokia Rajiv, Santosh Kumar, Hima Das, MR Poovamma, Sarita Gayakwad and Sonia Baishya, and discus thrower Navjeet Kaur Dhillon and heptathlete Purnima Hembram.

The Indian team will attend a two-week acclimatisation camp at Gold Coast's Sports Super Center before the Games. Besides Chopra, triple jumper Arpinder Singh and long jumpers Nayana James and Neena Varakil were the athletes who left for Australia yesterday.

The Athletics Federation of India had named 31 track and field athletes to represent the country in the April 4-15 Games.

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