AFI Confirms Six Athletes in Olympic-Bound Men’s 4x400m Relay Team


The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has clarified that there should be no issue with India including six runners in the men’s 4x400m relay team for the upcoming Paris Olympics. World Athletics (WA) recently revised the criteria for naming relay squads.

AFI is to go with six athletes for the 4×400 m team

As the projected number of qualified athletes exceeded the maximum quota set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), WA agreed to bring down the overall entries. Under the new criteria, a reserve athlete will no longer be eligible for full accreditation but can still reside in the Games Village within the existing bed allocation of the National Olympic Committee.

When asked if a country can name six athletes in its relay team (even if it lacks a runner in the individual event), AFI President Adille Sumariwalla confidently stated, “There’s no problem.” This decision ensures that India can field a strong 4x400m relay team.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) can accommodate additional athletes outside the Games Village if they are later activated as replacements. The rules remain consistent for all countries, whether they follow the five-athlete or six-athlete rule.

India’s relay team can confidently include six athletes, and the AFI is committed to maximizing its chances at the Paris Olympics.