The 22nd Asian Athletics Championship is going to be held in India this month and Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Odisha, is the proud host which is all set for this Asian tournament. The entire city is getting ready to host the event and welcome the players from different Asian countries. It is for the third time in the history of Asian Athletics Championship that the tournament is going to be held in India. Earlier, in 1989 and 2013, this tournament was organised in New Delhi and Pune respectively.
Ahead of the commencement of the tournament, the following are some essential information related about the same:
The Asian tournament will commence on July 5 with a grand opening ceremony in Bhubaneshwar. It is a four-day event which will end on July 9. The schedule for all the three days can be checked on the official website – Odisha 2017 games
Bhubaneshwar’s Kalinga Stadium will be hosting this grand Asian Athletic Championship. The Odisha state government gave a makeover to the venue after getting the notice three months before the start of the tournament. The stadium is now available with an Olympic-level synthetic track, state-of-the-art lighting systems, practice ground and tracks as well as spectator arrangements.
Like every other world-level or continent-level tournament, the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship has a mascot named OLLY. It’s a green turtle which represents the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles that arrive in millions every year on Odisha’s Rushikulya and Gahirmatha beaches for their annual nesting. The government chose this mascot in order to raise awareness on endangered species.
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Online tickets for the mega sporting event are available at eventsnow.com at Rs 50.
List of Indian Athletes:
A team of 95 athletes (both men and women) have been selected to represent India in the Asian Atletic Championship. Here’s the full list:
The Men squad:
100m and 200m: Amiya Kumar Mallick;
400m: Muhammed Anas, Amoj Jacob and Arokia Rajiv;
800m: Jinson Johnson and Vishambhar Keolkar;
1500m: Ajay Kumar Saroj and Siddhantha Adhikari;
5000m: G Lakshmanan and Murli Kumar Gavit;
10,000m: Lakshmanan, Gopi Thonakal and Kalidas Hirave;
3000m steeplechase: Naveen Kumar and Durga Bahadur Budha;
110m hurdles: Siddhant Thingalaya* and Prem Kumar;
400m hurdles: Jabir MP, Santhosh Kumar T and Durgesh Kumar Pal;
Pole vault: S Siva;
High jump: Chethan B and Ajay Kumar;
Long jump: Ankit Sharma, Samsheer SE and Siddharth Mohan Naik*;
Triple jump: Arpinder Singh and Karthik U*;
Shot put: Tajinder Pal Toor, Jasdeep Singh Dhillon and Omprakash Singh Karhana;
Discus throw: Vikas Gowda*, Dharamraj Yadav and Kirpal Singh;
Hammer throw: Niraj Kumar;
Javelin throw: Neeraj Chopa, Davinder Singh Kang and Abhishek Singh;
Decathlon: Jagtar Singh and Abhishek Shetty;
4x100m relay: Amiya Kumar Mallick, Jyotishankar Debnath, Anuroop John, VK Elakkiya Dasan, Pravin Muthukumaran and Chintha Sudhakar;
4x400m relay: Muhammed Anas, Amoj Jaco, Arokia Rajiv, Sachi Roby, Mohan Kumar and Kunju Muhammed.
The Women squad:
100m and 200m: Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda;
400m: Nirmala, MR Poovamma and Jisna Mathew;
800m: Tintu Luka, Archana Adhav and Lili Das;
1500m: Monika Choudhary;
5000m: L Suriya and Sanjivani Jadhav;
10,000m: L Suriya, Sanjivani Jadhav and Meenu;
3000m steeplechase: Sudha Singh and Parul Chaudhary;
100m hurdles: Nayana James;
400m hurdles: Anu R, Jauna Murmu and Arpitha M.
Pole vault: KM Sangeeta; High jump: Sahana Kumari and Swapna Barman;
Long jump: Nayana James*, Neena V and G Karthika;
Triple jump: Sheena NV and Joyline Murali Lobo*.
Shot put: Manpreet Kaur, Ramanpreet Kaur and Anamika Das;
Discus throw: Kamalpreeet Kaur Bal, Seema Punia and Himani Singh;
Hammer throw: Sarita R Singh and Gunjan Singh;
Javelin throw: Annu Rani, Poonam Rani Singh and Suman Devi.
Heptathlon: Swapna Barman, Purnima Hembram and Liksy Joseph.
4x100m relay: Dutee Chand, Srabani Nanda, Merlin Joseph, Reena George, Ruma Sarkar and Himashree Roy;
4x400m relay: Nirmala, Poovamma, Jisna Mathew, Vijayakumari GK, Sarita Ben Gayakwad and Debashree Mazumdar.
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