Adding feather in the cap, the heritage city, for the first time, witnessed physically challenged national level race-walking competition during the inaugural ceremony of the 37th National Masters Athletic Championship on Wednesday, which is being held in the city after a gap of 20 years. The five-day competition will conclude on March 6.
Challenging the youths, there are many 50+ athletes witnessed in the 5,000M walk in the competition which is being held in 14 different age groups. Around 4,000 participants from across the country are taking part.
While the action started in the morning itself, the formal inaugural function was held in the afternoon with Mayor B L Bhyrappa releasing bunch of colourful balloons in the presence of top dignitaries.
Adding colour to the event, international athlete Arjuna awardee Reeth Abraham, lit the games torch and headed the torch rally team. The torch was formally taken back after handing over to the chief guest of the event, World Masters Athletics President Stan Perkins.
This championship will also act as selection trials to select the Indian team for the forthcoming World Masters Athletic Championships to be held from October 26 to November 6 at Perth in Australia.
Reeth Abraham, international athlete and Arjuna Awardee from Karnataka, who light the torch of the 37th National Masters Athletic Championship in Mysuruon Wednesday, seen handing over the torch to the chief guest Stan Perkins, President of World Masters Athletics.
Mysuru City Corporation Mayor B L Bhyrappa seen kickstarting the 37th National Masters Athletic Championship by releasing balloons at the Chamundi Vihar Stadium. He is flanked by other dignitaries.