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Indian Pole Vaulters Face Setback as Poles Get Stuck at Delhi Airport en route to Asian U-20 Athletics Championships

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The participation of two Indian pole vaulters in the upcoming Asian U-20 Athletics Championships faced uncertainty as their equipment encountered “technical issues” with regard to pole length at Delhi Airport.

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Dev Kumar Meena and Sunil Kumar, set to compete in men’s pole vault and decathlon respectively, departed for Seoul without their poles, raising concerns about their participation in the event.

An official from the Athletics Federation of India revealed that Air India declined to transport three 5m poles meant for two Indian athletes, citing “technical issues” related to the specified length of the items.

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The incident occurred when the 55-member Indian contingent was scheduled to depart from the Indira Gandhi International Airport on an Asiana Airlines flight to South Korea. The coaches were informed that the poles, along with the javelins, would not be permitted on the flight.

The AFI official told PTI,

“The two athletes have already reached South Korea but their poles are stuck here in Delhi airport. Air India said they cannot allow the 5m-long poles under the current rules. It is strange that our athletes had gone to Busan (South Korea) with the same kind of poles only last year,”

“We have been running here and there since yesterday afternoon but Air India is not relenting. We are now trying, through our travel agent, to send the poles to Korea by FedEx Express Cargo flight later today”


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