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Tuesday, October 06, 2009 10:50:54 AM, Pervez Bari

(Photo: Arvind Sharma)

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.


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.


The four-day 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.

Athletics 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.


Meanwhile, the 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.







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