Naveen flags off mascot rally for Asian Athletics Championships


Bhubaneswar: Olly, the Olive Ridley sea turtle was on Monday unveiled as the official mascot for the 22nd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships to be held from 6 to 9 July.

Chief Minister of Naveen Patnaik on Monday flagged off the Asian Athletics Championships’ mascot rally which will tour all the 30 districts of the state to spread awareness and publicity for the event.

This is the third time the Asian Athletics Championships are being held in India, after New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013).The rally was flagged off from the Kalinga Stadium, the venue of the Athletics, which has been completely renovated and upgraded to host the premier track and field event of the continent.

The 22nd edition of Asia’s flagship Athletics meet is also going to be its biggest ever, with nearly 1000 athletes participating in the competition which will be a qualifying event for the IAAF World Championships in London.

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