With many European countries banning flights from India over its rising COVID-19 numbers, the Indian men’s 4x400m and women’s 4x100m teams will now miss the World Athletics Relays which begin at Silesia, Poland, on May 1.

The relay teams was scheduled to take a 3 a.m. KLM flight to Amsterdam from Mumbai on Thursday but the Royal Dutch Airlines intimated that it would not allow them to board the flight after the Netherlands Government’s ban on passenger flights from India.

“We are very disappointed at this moment. There are no direct flights between Indian airports and Warsaw, Poland. This meant that despite the best efforts, the squad could not be rerouted on another airline,” Adille Sumariwalla, the president of the Athletics Federation of India, said on Wednesday evening.

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