Fed Cup National Sr Athletics shifted from Delhi to Patiala
Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championship, scheduled to be held here, has been shifted and will now be held in Patiala from April 23-26.
According to an earlier calendar issued by the Athletics Federation of India, the Championship was to be held here from April 23-26. But in the latest calendar issued by the AFI on Friday, the competition will be held at the NIS Patiala.
An AFI official said the decision to shift the venue was taken considering that most of the athletes who would participate in the national event would be training at the NIS at that time and it would be more convenient for them if the Championship is held there. New Delhi though will host the third leg of the Indian Grand Prix (April 13) which is a competition of smaller scale with limited number of events and participants. The second leg of the Indian Grand Prix (March 6) has also been shifted from Ludhiana to Patiala. The first leg (March 31) will be held at Panchkula as decided earlier. The season will commence with the inaugural National Open Race Walking competition at Patiala on February 14 and 15.
The Indian team for Asian Race Walking championships at Nomi City in Japan on March 10 is likely to be selected from the event. The National Inter-State Senior Championships will be held in Chennai (June 4-7) and it will serve as the 'final trials' for Indian aspirants for Asian Championships scheduled to be held at the same city (from July 3 to 7).
Chennai will also host the third leg of Asian Grand Prix series on May 16, after Bangkok (May 8) and Colombo (May 12). Ranchi will be venue for Open Nationals from September 7-10 while Karnataka once again took the responsibility of conducting Junior Nationals from October 15-19 in Bangalore. National Youth (U-18) Championships is slated to be held in Guntur or Hyderabad from May 18 to 20 to pick the athletes who would represent the country at World Youth Championships (at Donetsk, Ukraine from July 10 to 14) and the Asian Youth Games (at Nanjing in China from August 16-24).