Tajinderpal Singh Toor Stuns Nation by Pulling Out of National Inter-State Athletics Due to Shocking Ankle Pain

The men’s shot put events in the Paris Olympics will be held on 2 August (qualifying) and 3 August (final).
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Tajinderpal Singh Toor has been forced to miss the upcoming National Inter-State Athletics in Panchkula after suffering from ankle pain. The Championships are the final qualifying event before the Paris Olympics.

Shot Putter Toor, an Asian record holder until recently, is aiming to qualify for the Summer Games through world ranking quota. He holds the title of reigning continental champion as well as Asian Games gold medallist.

“I am currently experiencing some ankle pain and my doctor advised me not to throw for three to four weeks,” Toor told PTI without specifying when the pain started.

The 29-year-old’s Asian record of 21.77m was surpassed on June 21 by Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Daouda Tolo during the Estadio Vallehermoso event in Madrid with a throw of 21.80m.

It remains to be seen how the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) will handle Toor’s absence since they had made the event compulsory for all athletes except Neeraj Chopra.

“Except for Neeraj, all other athletes are required to participate in the National Inter-State Championships,” AFI president Adille Sumariwalla had stated during the Federation Cup in Bhubaneswar.

The men’s shot put events in the Paris Olympics will take place on 2 August (qualifying) and 3 August (final).

According to AFI regulations, all athletes must compete in the National Inter-State Championships if they want to be selected for major multi-sport events such as the Olympics, Asian Games, or the Commonwealth Games, unless the federation grants an exemption.

Toor has been dealing with injury issues in recent years. He underwent wrist surgery on his left arm, his throwing arm, right after the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

He suffered a groin injury while winning gold at the Asian Championships in 2023 in Bangkok, which led to him pulling out of the World Championships in Budapest the following month.

Toor has not achieved the automatic Paris Olympics qualifying mark of 21.50m during the period between 1 July, 2023 and 30 June, 2024. He had thrown 21.77m on 19 June, 2023, but since then he has only crossed the 20m mark three times.

Avinash Sable, another Asian Games gold medallist who has met the automatic Paris Olympics qualifying mark in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, is not listed in the competitors in his specialty event. He has instead entered the 1500m event.

National record holder in the 20km race walk, Akshdeep Singh, who has also surpassed the Paris Games qualifying mark, is also absent from the list. Women’s 20km race walk national record holder Priyanka Goswami, who has qualified for the Paris Olympics as well, is also not included.

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