Brand-new track for Asian Athletics Championships unveiled

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 2, 2017 12:55 am
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik looking at mascot Olly of 22nd Asian athletic championship during inauguration of renovated Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.PTI Photo(PTI7_1_2017_000250A)

A brand new synthetic track is the latest addition to Bhubaneshwar’s Kalinga Stadium that has recently gone through a face-lift ahead of the Asian Athletics Championships. The tournament will be held between July 5 and 9 and extensive renovation work has been done on the stadium in preparation.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who inaugurated the synthetic track, hailed it as one of the signs that the state has “come a long way.” “”With the Asian Athletics Championships, we also want to
showcase how ready we are to host global sporting events. We will also be hosting the Hockey World Cup next year, and in the future we want to be one of the most sought after cities when bigger sporting events take place in India,” said Patnaik.

The CM also felicitated famous athletes from Odisha such as Dutee Chand, Sarbani Nanda, Amiya Kumar Mallick and Jauna Murmu.  “As many as six athletes from the state participated in
the Rio Olympics in 2016 — four hockey players and two runners — and I must remind you they were all women, which goes to show the women power Odisha demonstrated at the world
stage,” Patnaik said.

Ranchi, which was to host the event earlier, pulled out at the last minute, giving Bhubaneswar just 90 days to prepare from the day the Government of Odisha agreed to hosting the championships.

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