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First ever Odisha to host Senior National Athletics meet
Sportslogon Team September 11th 2018

Bhubaneswar : Ahead of biggest sporting event Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup schedule to be held at here from November 28, Odisha State Government is going to add another feather to its cap by organizing 58th National Open Athletics Championships 2018 at Kalinga Stadium here from September 25 to 28.
,br> Remanding the past glory of Asian Athletic Championships, Athletic Federation of India Secretary C K Valson expressed, the capital city of Odisha State is termed as paradise city of sports, the way the Odisha Government has been hosted the AAC it was the best in the history of oraganising athletic event in the country. Not only that our athletes always on their toes to showcase their potential in Odisha venue.

Altogether 600 athletes are expected to take part in the National Open meet. The top medal holder athletes of our nation will join in the calendar year ender event. Top athletes like national record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra again will come to Odisha.

Local sprinter Amiya Kumar Mallick and Dutee Chand will participate in the meet. While another iconic women sprinter Srabani Nanda likely to missed the event due to injury and star sensation sprinter Hima Das will join the meet, added Valson.

Our athletes were put a tremendous effort to grabbed seven gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals in the Asian Games at Jakarta. Odia sprinter Dutee Chand claimed double silver in the women 100 and 200 metre event.

Japan’s three women sprinter will take part in National open meet. HitomiShimura (100 mtr hurdles) ,SayukaAoki (400 mtr hurdles) and Takeishi Konomi (400 mtr ) will participate in the meet, added Valson.

This will be the first time Odisha will host senior athletic meet in the State..Altogether 16 athletes of Odisha will compete in the national meet. Our athlete Jauna Murmu and Purnima Hembram wil represent their respective Services team, said Odisha Olympic Association official Prabodha Mohanty

Among others Sports and Youth Services Department Joint Secretary Manoj Kumar Padhy and OSD Sports Sumit Pandey were present. .
This news was added and updated on : September 11th 2018
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