Rio Olympics-bound shot-putter Inderjeet Singh has pulled out of the ongoing 12th South Asian Games due to a back injury.
Reigning Asian champion Inderjeet, who has already qualified for the Olympics, has been training in the United States with the government funding him under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme.
“It’s very painful not being able to represent my country in SAF Games due to strain in back. I know it’s very disappointing to all those who wished me for a podium finish as well. As I am under recovery, I can assure all of you that I will try my best to live upto your expectations in my next competition,” he wrote on his facebook page.
An official of the Athletics Federation of India confirmed Inderjeet’s pulling out of the Games.
Had he participated, Inderjeet is a sure shot gold winner. The athletics competition of the SAG began here today.