Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that the Kalinga International Sports City would be set up here. He announced this on the concluding day of the Asian Athletics Championships at Kalinga Stadium.
The championship ended on Sunday with Odia athlete Purnima Hembram bagging a bronze medal in heptathlon.
The four-day event concluded with two of the five Odia athletes finishing with medals. On Friday, sprinter Dutee Chand also secured a bronze medal in the women’s 100m sprint.
However, sprinters Amiya Mallick and Srabani disappointed the home fans in their respective individual events. While Amiya finished 7th in the men’s 200m final, Srabani finished a disappointing 5th in the women’s 200m. Dutee, who also took part in the women’s 200m final, missed the chance of bagging another medal by a whisker. She finished fourth in the event.
Although, the games brought mixed feelings for fans of the Odia athletes, India finished on top of the medals standings with 29 medals, including 12 gold, five bronze and 12 silver, ahead of China’s 20 medals (eight gold, seven silver and five bronze) and Kazakhstan tally of eight (four gold, two silver and two bronze).
Sports department officials said the state is hopeful of hosting other international events in the future.