National Inter-State Athletics Championship shifted to Guwahati


PATIALA, April 29: The 58th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship, a qualifying event for the upcoming Asian Games, has been shifted to Guwahati from Kolkata and the dates have also been advanced by the national federation to avoid a Gold Coast Commonwealth Games like situation.
The capital city of Assam will host the event from June 26 to 29 at the Sarusajai Sports Complex which had hosted the athletics events at the South Asian Games in 2016. The championship was earlier scheduled to be held in Kolkata from July 15 to 18.
The decision to advance the dates came in the backdrop of a controversy surrounding the rejection of late entries of three track and field athletes by the Gold Coast CWG organisers as their names were sent after the closure of final entry.
The deadline for sending the final list of athletes for the CWG was on March 7 but the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships held here ended on March 8 and hence the three athletes picked by the selection committee could not take part in the Games.
“The last date for sending final entries (entry by names) to the Organising Committee for Asian Games is 30 June 2018. And that is the reason we had to advance the national inter-state meet by almost a month. The competition will serve as the final selection trials for the Asian Games 2018,” Athletics Federation of India Deputy Chief Coach Radhakrishnan Nair said in a release. (PTI)