Race walking meet on Feb 18

The National Race Walking championship will take place here on February 18 and 19, serving as a selection trial for the Asian Race Walking Championships in Japan in March.

Max Bupa Health Insurance company has come forward to be the title sponsor with prize purse of Rs 4 lakh.

The national championship of 20km (men’s and women’s) and 50km (men’s) will take place on February 18 over one km loop in Vinay Marg and promises participation of over 200 national race walking champions, including Manish Singh Rawat, Khusbhir Kaur, Gurmeet Singh.  The event will conclude with the 10km race walk on February 19 to be held on the Rajpath as part of  'Max Bupa Walk for Health', an annual initiative that endeavors to make India a ‘walking’ nation.

The AFI President Adille Sumariwalla said racewalking has the potential to get India a medal in the Olympics. “It is one event where we had well in past years, and where we feel we can have a medal in Olympics,” he said.

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