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Hima Das, Swapna Barman among top athletes in action at Fed Cup with Asian C’ships spots at stake

A host of top Indian athletes will be in action in the four-day Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championship which begins in Patial on Friday.

Among those who will be seen in action include India’s new sprint sensation Hima Das, her male counterpart quartermiler Mohammad Anas, Asian Games gold medallists Jinson Johnson (800m and 1500), Manjit Singh (800m and 1500m), Arpinder Singh (triple jump), Tajinder Singh Toor (shot put), Swapna Barman (heptathlon).

However star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who is currently training in South Africa since January 12, has been exempted from participation in this first big meet of the season, which also serves as the selection trials for the April 19-24 Asian Championships in Doha.

National record holder long jumper M Sreeshankar will also miss the event as he is injured while Delhi high jumper Tejaswin Shankar, who is on a full scholarship at the Kansas State University in USA, will not compete due to clash with examination dates.

The Athletics Federation of India has made it mandatory for all the athletes, except those who have been exempted, to take part in the Federation Cup if they want to get selected for the Asian Championships.

However, the selection committee is expected to take a…

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