AFI competitions to begin with event for throwers

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NEW DELHI : The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday finalised its deferred Competition Calendar for the year 2020-21. The competitions will resume with the National Open Throws Championships to be held at NS-NIS Patiala on 26-27 October 2020, said AFI in a press release.

Adille J Sumariwalla, AFI President, said, “The Competition Calendar was re-drawn keeping in mind the rise in the COVID-19 cases across the country, now it has been again prepared pushing most of the competitions towards the end of this year and the beginning of the next year. Our first competition will be for throwers in October end,”

“AFI is duty bound to provide competitions to our athletes but due to the prevailing circumstances we have to take care of the safety of our athletes,” he said.

The AFI seemed to be hoping that the next season, which will be crucial for Olympics qualification for a number of athletes, will be a normal one with the first Indian Grand Prix in Thiruvananthapuram kick-starting the competitions for 2021 on February 12.

This will be followed by the second and third Grand Prix events on February 19 and 27 in Thiruvananthapuram and Patiala respectively.

The 2021 Federation Cup Senior National Championships will be held in Patiala from March 10-14, according to the calendar issued by AFI.

The National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships will be held in Bengaluru from June 25-29.