Prime News, International Sports, New Delhi,June 21:- The Government of Odisha and the Athletics Federation of India have pulled off an incredible story by putting together the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship in record time.
In a glittering curtain raiser, a special film highlighting the planning, monitoring and supervision of the Asian Athletics Championship was showcased.
The 22nd Asian Athletics Championship is Asia’s biggest athletics event, being hosted by Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha from July 6-9.
This is the third time the premier track and field event of the continent is being held in India after New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013), and is a qualifying event for the IAAF World Athletics Championships to be held in London later this year.
Dignitaries, including Chandra Sarathi Behera, Odisha Minister – Sports and Youth Services, R Balakrishnan, Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary, Vishal Kumar Dev, Secretary-cum-Commissioner – Sports, Dr. Sunil K. Bhargava – Chief Resident Commissioner, Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary – Department of Industries and Nitin Jawale, Director – Department of Tourism, presided over the press conference, highlighting the hurdles they faced along the way to deliver a stadium of international quality after taking up the “90-Day Challenge.”
Legendary Olympians Anju Bobby George, P T Usha and Shiny Wilson were also present at the press conference along with AFI President Adille Sumariwalla, celebrating the occasion of Bhubaneswar’s makeover to gear up for the premier track and field competition of the continent.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)