Odisha capital Bhubaneswar ready to host 22nd Asian Athletics Championships from 5-9 July with world class facilities.
The event will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. With just three months notice before the start of the tournament, the Odisha government gave the stadium a makeover. It now has Olympic-level synthetic track, state-of-the-art lighting systems, practice ground and tracks as well as spectator arrangements.
More than 800 athletes from 45 countries will vie for medals across 42 disciplines in the athletics event. The event will help athletes qualify for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Winners will get a direct entry into the World Championships. India will be represented by 95 athletes.
Schedule – The opening ceremony will take place on July 5. The event is of four days and will end on July 9.
The opening ceremony will have more than 500 artistes showcasing Odisha’s heritage, culture and the evolution of ‘The Temple City’. The cultural evening will include a series of performances on the state’s symbol ‘sun’ and the Kalinga war.