Sunfeast to go on: Organisers

AIMS extends support to 10K run in Bangalore on May 23


AFI had stated that permission was denied to the event as it would interfere with Indian athletes’ preparations for the Commonwealth Games.

Procam International, the event managers, questioned the AFI logic. “We would like to know as to how this event, which is actually a boon for Indian elite athletes, could interfere with their preparations,” said Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director of Procam. “Last year, we have had the participation of 100 Indian elite athletes. Are all of these in preparation for the Commonwealth Games or the Asian Games?” he asked in a statement here.

The Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS), the governing body of road races in the world, has also come out in support of the Sunfeast race, stating that AFI’s action is contrary to the principles of fair play.
“We are aware that the Athletics Federation of India has chosen not to give recognition to this international sporting event,” said Hugh Jones, director of the race and also the secretary of AIMS, which is affiliated to the International Association of Athletics Federations.

“We are aware of the facts of the case and consider the action of the AFI contrary to the principles of fair play and sport. We have also taken up the matter with the international athletics body, IAAF, through proper channels,” explained Jones.
He emphasised that the course has been measured to international standards and any record set here will be officially recognised.
Vivek Singh, while stating that a prize fund of Rs 14 lakh had been set aside for Indian athletes alone, questioned AFI’s motives.

“What is stranger is that the government of India had mentioned that the Indian elite athletes should be given every opportunity to compete with international athletes. Here is an international sporting event in our own backyad and the AFI couldn’t care less.” he said.
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