Federation Cup: Spotlight on Dutee Chand, Hima Das and Neeraj Chopra - watch them live
With Tokyo 2020 in sight, Dutee Chand and Hima Das will run the 100m. The Federation Cup is an Olympic qualifier for Indian athletes. Watch live!
Star Indian athletes Neeraj Chopra, Dutee Chand and Hima Das will take centre stage when the 24th Federation Cup senior athletics championships get underway at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala from Monday.
The five-day meet has a total of 38 events and will see over 600 athletes competing in what will be the first major championships of the domestic season.
With the qualification period for the Tokyo Olympics still on, the Federation Cup will also act as a qualifying event for athletes hoping to attain Olympic qualification standards.
If not the qualifying mark, the Indian athletes can improve their world rankings with good performances at the domestic meet.
Dutee Chand will take the track for her 100m heats on the opening day. The sprinter from Odisha needs to clock 11.15 seconds to make the Olympic cut.
Hima Das too will be in action in the 100m, however, she has been clubbed in a different heat. Hima Das will also participate in the 200m. Watch the Federation Cup live!
The opening day will also see Tokyo-bound Neeraj Chopra and Annu Rani looking for top honours in javelin.
The 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra kick-started his Olympic year with a fantastic throw at the third Indian Grand Prix that helped him break the national record. While the Haryana athlete will be keen to get better, Annu Rani will have her eye set at the 64-metre mark, the Olympic qualifying distance in her event.
However, Shivpal Singh, who also has qualified for the Olympics, will miss the Federation Cup due to injury. The star Indian sprinter will also give the event a miss.
Meanwhile, the 10,000 metres final will see the former Asian championships bronze medallist Sanjivani Jadhav return to action after a two-year-long break due to doping violations.
Where to watch Federation Cup athletics 2021 live?
Live streaming of the Federation Cup will be available on the Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) official YouTube channel.