Kochi: Athlete P.U. Chithra will approach the Kerala High Court against her exclusion from the Indian team for the World Athletics Championships.
According to her coach N.S. Sijin, the exclusion of Chithra by the Athletic Federation is not fair. He blamed that no major Keralites in the Federation have spoken for Chithra.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the dropping Chithra from the team is deplorable. He said if the decision to omit her was to make way for the officials, it could not be approved.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, the CM added that he would exert pressure on the Central Sports Ministry to include Chithra in the team.
The World Athletics Championships will be held in London from August 4 to 13. This year, the women’s 50km walk has been included as a medal event. The London Championships will be the 16th in the event’s 34-year history with the first IAAF World Championships being hosted in Helsinki in 1983.
The most recent Championships in Beijing, China, in August, 2015, saw 1931 athletes participate from a record 207 national federations. Kenya topped the medal table for the first time in its history, winning 16 medals of which seven were gold. USA has topped the medal table on 10 occasions.