Bhopal: Malaysian athletes will
be seen in action along with other national and international level
athletes in the 49th National Open Athletics Championship which gets
underway here on October 6 at Bhopal, the state capital of central
Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
The four Malaysian
athletes Lo Chon Sieng Lo, Teoh Bon Lim, Sharul Haizi Bin and B.
Thirukumaran, who have already arrived here, will compete with
Indian athletes in the 20-km walk during the event under the Asian
Athletics Exchange Programme. Coach B. Subramaniam is accompanying
the Malaysian athletes.
According to Mumtaz
Khan, secretary Madhya Pradesh Amateur Athletic Association, around
800 from 30 States and affiliated to 12 sports bodies would
participate in the Championship. The national and international
level athletes and athletes of Railway Sports Services, Indian
Sports Control Board, Indian Police Control will vie for top honours
for around 44 events which will be held in the championship.
will be inaugurated on October 6 at 11 am at TT Nagar Stadium by the
Federal Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs MS Gill, who will be
the chief guest. On the occasion Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare
Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh Tukojirao Pawar, Mayor of
Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) Sunil Sood, General Secretary of
Athletics Federation of India, New Delhi Dr Lalit K Bhanaut,
President of Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association Ramesh Mendola,
Lifetime President of Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association Mahesh
Joshi will be present as special guests.
championship is being organized under the joint aegis of Madhya
Pradesh Amateur Athletics Association and Sports & Youth Welfare
Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh, from October 6 to 9 at
Tatya Tope Stadium. Athletics Federation of India, New Delhi has
handed over the responsibility to Madhya Pradesh Amateur Athletics
Association for organizing the championship, Mumtaz informed.
This big sporting
event will be very important for Indian athletes because those who
will put up an excellent performance in the championship will be
selected in Indian Athletics Team for taking part in the Asian
Athletics Championship, which will be organized next month from
November 11 to 15 in China and taking part in Commonwealth
Games-2010, which will be organized in New Delhi.
Federation of India has appointed two technical delegates MC Ghosh
(Uttar Pradesh) and K Devdas (Tamil Nadu) along with other five
officials for conducting the championship.
The athletes of
Madhya Pradesh, who will put up excellent performance in the
championship, will be selected in Madhya Pradesh Team for taking
part in the 34th National Sports Championship, which will be
organized in Jharkhand.
medal-winning athletes would be subjected to random dope tests
during the championship. The Athletics Federation of India has
recently made the dope tests mandatory. AFI's expert physician Dr
Arun Mehndidatta and his team would collect the samples for all the
medal-winners. A special dope control room has also been established
at TT Stadium. The samples for these tests would be taken randomly
during the event.