NEW DELHI: The 2018 Asian Games 800m champion, Manjeet Singh of Haryana, and 400m national record holder Muhammed Anas are among several leading athletes who are set to skip the upcoming first Indian Grand Prix scheduled to be held at Patiala's National Institute of Sports (NIS). Response to the other events of the competition is also not encouraging, said sources.
However, national 100m record holders in the men's and women's categories, Amiya Kumar Mallick and Dutee Chand, respectively, have confirmed their participation in the season-opening track competition.
"I'm treating the competition as a warmup race for the Federation Cup to be held next month. I will see how my body reacts to the race as I'm racing after a long gap due to the pandemic and then prepare for the competition next month," Mallick told IANS.
Competition in the men's category will be held in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 5,000m, 400n hurdles, long jump, triple jump, and shot put. And women will compete in four track races --100m, 200m, 400m, 800m -- and three field events -- long jump, shot put and discus throw.
The national record holder in men's long jump, MuraliSreeshankar, is also missing from the entry list. IANS