MUMBAI: Eight Indian athletes, shortlisted by the Mittal Champions Trust (MCT), will train in South Africa.

Heath Mathews, noted for work with Olympic shooting champion Abhinav Bindra and top boxers, is involved with the programme.

The thrust is on building a 4x400m relay team and middle-distance runners under ex-SA track & field coach Marc Labushcagne.

MCT announced its Vision 2012 project, aimed at honing talent to strike at the 2012 London Olympics.

List of athletes: Chinchu Jose (400m, 800m), Anu Mariam Jose (400m, 800m), Sinimole Paulose (800m, 1500m), Sarabani Nanda (200m, 100m), Indu Lekha (100m, 200m, 400m), M. Poovamma (400m), G. Harathi (400m) and Sajeesh Joseph (800m, 1500m).

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