Bhubaneswar Buzz

Asian Athletics Championship starts today: Srabani Nanda of Odisha to lead Indian Contingent in the ceremony

Four months ago, when Jharkhand expressed its inability to host the Asian Athletics Championship, the Odisha government was quick to open its doors and roll out the red carpet. For a state looking for an image makeover by way of organising glitch-free international sporting events —Bhubaneswar had already committed to hosting big-ticket global hockey events such as the World Cup and the World League final — the opportunity to host over 1,000 athletes and delegates from all over Asia was too good to let go.

After successfully meeting the 90-day deadline for the continental track and field event, beginning Thursday, there is talk that the high-profile World Junior Athletics championships too might come to India’s newest sporting destination.