Press Esc to close
Sunday 02 October 2016
News updated at 12:23 AM IST
Weather
Max: 29.7°C
Min : 20.5°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Open National athletics to kick off today

Chennai, September 10, 2012, PTI:

A star-studded field, including 10 London Olympic Games participants, will be in action in the four-day 52nd National Senior Open Athletic Championship starting here from Monday.

A total of 26 defending champions are also expected to generate some interest at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium even though little is at stake in the meet, coming as it does right at the end of a long season.

Athletes from the Indian Railways, who have been dominating the event for the past several years, once again start as favourites.

Discus thrower Krishna Poonia, distance runner Preeja Sreedharan, ace hurdler Joseph G Abraham, and sprinter Tintu Luka are the few top names in the Railways squad. Krishna had finished a creditable seventh at the Olympics.

Shot putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana, triple jumper Mayookha Johny and track star Kavita Raut will be in the ONGC squad, who have roped in quite a few talented athletes and will mount a strong challenge to the Railway outfit.

Race walker K T Irfan, who was tenth at the Olympic Games, leads the Services team while high jumper Sahana Kumari, who set a national record in the Inter-State meet to earn a ticket to the Olympics, leads the Karnataka challenge at the meet.

The Athletics Federation of India is also introducing qualifying rounds for field events to cope with the increased number of entries and that should make way for some interesting contests.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Narendra Modi with Union Sport Minister Vijay Goyal, Praful Patel, President All India Football...

Narendra Modi with Union Sport Minister Vijay Goyal, Praful Patel, President All India Football...

Tourists watch a one horned rhino with her calf as they cool off, during a elephant safari...

Tourists watch a one horned rhino with her calf as they cool off, during a elephant safari...

Special Flight service 'Akasha Ambari' which is inaugurated and opened to public, Dasara...

Special Flight service 'Akasha Ambari' which is inaugurated and opened to public, Dasara...

Mysuru Royal Scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar's private dusbar, as part of Dasara...

Mysuru Royal Scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar's private dusbar, as part of Dasara...

Women perform Kalash Yatra to Vaisnovdevi Temple to mark the festival of Navratri in Surat...

Women perform Kalash Yatra to Vaisnovdevi Temple to mark the festival of Navratri in Surat...

Pigeon and Parrot are seen at Cubbon park in Bengaluru...

Pigeon and Parrot are seen at Cubbon park in Bengaluru...

Siddaramaiah inaugurates flight service 'Akasha Ambari' from Bengaluru to Mysore...

Siddaramaiah inaugurates flight service 'Akasha Ambari' from Bengaluru to Mysore...

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at private durbar, as part of Dasara celebrations...

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at private durbar, as part of Dasara celebrations...

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at private durbar, as part of Dasara celebrations...

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at private durbar, as part of Dasara celebrations...

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at private durbar, as part of Dasara celebrations...

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at private durbar, as part of Dasara celebrations...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523