India`s top athletes miss London qualification due to lack of funds.

P KunhumohammedNew Delhi: India`s top athletes P Kunhumohammed (400m) and Joseph Abraham (400m hurdles) will not contribute in Sri Lanka`s national athletics championship, the duo`s final chance for qualifying for the London Olympics, due to lack of funds.

Kunhumohammed required a sum of 30,000 to make it to the national athletics competition of Sri Lanka, which begins on Thursday, the reports said.

The duo has constantly contacted the Sports Council and Kerala Athletics Association for financial help although was turned down by Padmini Thomas, the Sports Council president, saying that there was no provision for advance payment, the report added.

Kunhumohammed, who clocked a personal best of 46.14 seconds at the Asian GP in Thailand in May, was aimed the qualification mark of 45.90s. Joseph Abraham came close to qualifying at the Federation Cup timing 49.98s as against the standard of 49.80s in the 400m hurdles.


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