New Delhi: The selection of Priyanka Panwar in 4×400 relay squad for the World Championships has raised questions given her patchy form in domestic season this season. Panwar had failed to qualify for he 400 metre final in three of the major domestic meets this season alongside clocking a meagre 58 seconds timing in her last outing.
According to a report in the Indian Express, it is learnt that the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has included the name of Priyanka Panwar in the squad and has forwarded the same to the Sports Authority of India for approval.
Panwar's form dipped considerably after being part of the Incheon Asian Games gold-medal winning squad. She did not feature in the final of the 400 metres at the National Games, the Federation Cup and the most recent National Inter-state Athletics meet. She was also not part of the relay squad which won silver at the Asian Athletics Championships held at Wuhan in June.
Moreover, Panwar has participated in only one competition in the run-up to the Beijing World Championships — which begins on August 22 — wherein she clocked 58.09 seconds in the heats.
The AFI conducts a selection trial before the final squad is officially announced. But Panwar did not participate in the selection trials conducted in Patiala on August 6.
The others athletes who have been picked to represent India in the relay are MR Poovamma, Tintu Luka, Jishna Mathew, Anu Raghavan and Debashree Majumdar.
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