Riya Dohtare, Sayali Waghmare, Nikita Raut, Shadab Pathan and Lilaram Bawane will be attending AIU trials for World University Games to be held in Chengdu in China in August.
Principal Correspondent :
WITH a hope to represent the country and win medals at 31st World University Games, five athletes of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) will be attending the final selection trials of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) which are scheduled to be held from March 7 to 10 at KIITS in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The World University Games (WUG) are scheduled to be held at Chengdu in China in the month of August. The selection trials at RTMNU were held last month where five athletes managed to achieve timings set by Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Liladhar Bawane will be attending the trials in 21.094 half marathon. Bawane is a student of Arvindbabu Deshmukh College, Bharasingi.
Shadab Pathan, who has performed well and won medals in recently held competitions, will be trying his luck in 10,000 metres run. He is a student of Arts College Sihora in Bhandara district. Apart from two boys, the RTMNU will be represented by three girls, Nikita Raut, Riya Dohtare and Sayali Waghmare. Nikita has already represented India in the 30th World University Games which were held at Napoli in Italy. She had participated in half marathon event then. This time internationally acclaimed long distance runner Nikita will be giving trials in 10,000 metres run.
Nikita, a student of Mahila Mahavidyalaya, stands a bright chance to get picked in the Indian university team as she has just won a bronze medal in the national cross country competition (10 kms run) held at Chandigarh. Similarly, Riya Dohtare and experienced Sayali Waghmare will also be trying their luck along with Nikita. Riya is a student of Chakrapani College while Sayali studies in SB City College. Riya, who will be giving trials in 3000 metres run, has recently won a gold medal in the national cross country in U-20 age category while Sayali is winner of All India Inter-University and State Inter-University Krida Mahotsav gold medals. RTMNU Director of Sports and Physical Education Dr Sharad Suryawanshi hopes of a good performance from all the athletes. He wished them luck during a meeting held on Wednesday.