New Delhi: With the Asian Games just a month away, most of India's top athletes were in the Capital to take part in the Raja Bhalendra Singh Athletic Meet at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. And it was a profitable outing for K M Beenamol, Jincy Phillips, Neelam Singh and a couple of others who confirmed their place for the Busan Asian Games. When Indian athletes travel next month to the Asian Games a lot will be expected from Neelam Singh, winner of the silver medal in the discus throw at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Among other well-known names taking part in the Raja Bahalendra Singh Meet was long distance runner Gulab Chand who is making a comeback after a long spell out with injury. And it seemed to show no side effects as he won the 3000 meters with comfortable ease. "What my old performance was, I feel I have reached that level since I had a two year break due to an injury and this is my first performance since coming back from that injury," said Gulabchand Also taking part in the meet for the first time in India in over three years was middle-distance runner KM Beenamol, who had a relatively easy contest in her favourite race - the 800 meters. "I am taking part for the first time in three years. I am very happy with my performance. My Federation told me to run the 800 meters and I listened to them and ran this race. And now its my personal best," said Beenamol. But the dope tests on Indian weightlifter Satish Rai coming back positive and the athlete being suspended from all competition, the Amateur Athletics Federation of India had a stern warning for any athlete caught in the future for using performance enhancing drugs. "The AAFI is very strict on doping. We are conducting dope tests in each and every competition, whether it is a domestic competition or a national championship," said Lalit Bhanot, Secretary, Amateur Athletics Federation of India. And with the announcement of the team for the Asian Games on Friday, the meet proved to be good last practice session for the athletes before they head off in search of more glory.
Topics : Athletics