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Jumpers Shaili and Eldhose shocked as WA marks Slovakia’s Jumps Fest outcomes as ‘uncertified’


Shaili Singh with Italy’s Olympic excessive soar champion Gianmarco Tamberi in Slovakia.
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Shaili with coach Robert Bobby George in Slovakia.

Shaili with coach Robert Bobby George in Slovakia.
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Particular association

The setting was inspiring, proper subsequent to 500-year-old Cathedral of St. Elizabeth — one of many oldest Gothic cathedrals in Europe — and it was Shaili Singh’s first avenue competitors. There was peppy music too on the JBL Jumps Fest, held on Alzbetina Avenue within the Slovakian metropolis of Kosice on Thursday evening, and athletes got the choice of selecting their very own musical numbers.

Shaili selected a Punjabi track for her jumps and, since Italy’s Olympic excessive soar champion Gianmarco Tamberi had promised the Indians that he can be watching their occasions, she was clearly within the temper.

The 20-year-old Asian silver medallist, at the moment the nation’s No. 1 lengthy jumper, produced a 6.43m within the fifth spherical, to take the silver behind Bulgaria’s former under-20 World champion Plamena Mitkova (6.70m) within the meet, a World Athletics Continental Tour (bronze) occasion.

In the meantime Commonwealth Video games champion Eldhose Paul took the lads’s triple soar bronze with 16.45m whereas Praveen Chithravel, the Asian Video games bronze medallist and nationwide report holder (17.37m, Might 2023), was sixth and final with 15.92m, his poorest consequence this season.

For the reason that Jumps Fest was a class ‘C’ occasion, the Indians have been hoping to choose essential factors which may assist them safe berths to the Paris Olympics by way of the World rankings route.

However the athletes have been left shattered on Friday with the World Athletics marking all the outcomes of the JBL Jumps Fest as UNC (uncertified) although it didn’t supply any clarification for this transfer. Which signifies that the world-ranking factors picked from Slovakia wouldn’t be added to their Highway to Paris rankings.

“The jumps have been held on a barely elevated runway however this can be a WA Continental Tour occasion so I don’t assume that may very well be the explanation for the ‘UNC’… absolutely they’d have regarded into it earlier than the meet,” Robert Bobby George, Shaili’s coach, informed The Hindu from Geneva on Friday.

“Shaili might be competing in Atleticageneve in Geneva on Saturday however now it is going to be robust for her to qualify for the Olympics. Tomorrow’s occasion might be her seventh competitors in a little bit over a month, in about seven international locations. She is younger, I don’t wish to push her laborious, it may result in accidents. I’ve informed her to only benefit from the competitors…this European tour might be a great expertise for her.”

Adille Sumariwalla, the president of the Athletics Federation of India and likewise World Athletics vice-president, has now written to world physique in regards to the ‘UNC’ situation.

“I’m making some enquiries, have written to WA…I’m not in India,” Sumariwalla informed The Hindu.

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