Bhubaneswar: Odisha is now a front runner to host the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship 2017, at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar scheduled to be held from July 1 to 4 of this year. An AFI (Athletic Federation of India) team was in the state capital on Thursday to inspect the venue.
Earlier, it was finalised that the Birsa Munda Stadium in Ranchi would host the event.
In this context,AFI Secretary CK Valson visited the infrastructure here at Kalinga Stadium on Thursday and met the sports and Youth Services Minister Sudam Marandi and secretary cum commissioner Vishal Dev.
The State Government has come forward to support the event which will be staged in India for the third time, the previous editions being held in New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013).
As per sources, nearly 800 athletes from 45 countries are expected to take part in the event. The winners will directly qualify for the World Championship in London, to be held from August 4 to 13.