Indian High Jumper Tejaswin Shankar who was touted to be the next big thing in Indian athletics after he made it big at the BIG12 championships in USA last month was snubbed by the Athletics Federation of India.
The 20-year-old athlete, who is currently studying on a full scholarship at the Kansas University, USA, was omitted from the Asian Athletics Championships, which begins in Doha next month.
Tejaswin had been in decent form recently when when he made a jump of national-record equaling leap of 2.28m (well above the qualifying mark of 2.25m for the Doha event) at the prestigious Big 12 collegiate athletic meet in Texas, a tournament which is under NCWA.
I understand that I couldn’t take part in the fed cup organised by @afiindia & if that’s why I wasn’t considered for selection then I respect that decision. But if this is what Prez @Adille1 believes then I’m sorry to say but he has no right to judge if I am good enough or no. pic.twitter.com/cgCpncMSpu
The athlete apprised the AFI well before the Federation Cup at the beginning of the month that he would have to give the event a skip because of his university exams. But then, to his dismay and shock he was shunted out of the squad for his non-appearance at the Indian Grand Prix.
It is believed that Tejaswin Shankar is miffed at the fact that the AFI has exempted Neeraj Chopra from competing in events in India. Like Tejaswin, Neeraj trains abroad, in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
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