Tuesday, May 07, 2002
Front Page |
Southern States |
Other States |
Advts: Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |
By Our Special Correspondent
The Grand Prix which will be held on May 18 will have competitions in nine events for men and six events for women. The men's events will be 100m, 400m, 800m, 3000m or 5000m, 400m (hurdles), triple jump, high jump, shot put and javelin throw. In the women's category the competitions will be held in 100m, 400m, 800m, 100m (hurdles), long jump and discuss throw.
In all 68 men and 40 women participants from 23 countries will be seen in action. India will be represented by 25 men and 23 women.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Ghosh explained that the best athletes in Asia would take part in the one-day meet. The participation is by invitation only which is decided by the Asian Amateur Athletic Association. This is the first of three such Grand Prix events said Mr. Ghosh. The second will be held in Bangkok and the third in Manila.
He said that the work at the stadium is going on at a rapid pace and the track work and the high mast lighting will be ready on time. The details about the exact schedule of events will be worked out soon by the Technical Committee. It is expected that the competition will take up about three hours. It will be preceded by the inauguration of the stadium and followed by a cultutral programme.
After Mr. Ghosh had finished speaking, Mr. Ramulu released the logo. It was learnt that the logo was desinged by Akshara Advertising of Hyderabad.
Mr. L.V. Subramanyam, VC and MD of Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh said that the SAAP would bring athletes from the districts to watch the competitions and gain inspiration and pick up a few tips from the experts. He said that the government of Andhra Pradesh would bear the costs of domestic travel for the participants and also the local hospitality for which it has given a committment of Rs. 50 lakhs. The meet will be inaugurated at 6 p.m. and the competition will start at 6-30 p.m and end by 10-30 p.m. The meet will be covered live by Doordarshan.
Mr. Ramulu said that winners of gold medals from AP at the Punjab National Games will be felicitated and incentives will be given to them during the Grand Prix meet.
A list of confirmed participants was also released to the media. Prominent among the athletes slated to take part here are several Asian championship record holders. They are Sri Lanka's Sugath Tilakaratne, who holds the record in the 400 mts at 44.61s, Korea's Lee Jun Taek, who is the record holder in the high jump at 2.32 mts, Shakti Singh of India who holds the shot put record at 19.77 mts, Zhang Lianbiao of China record holder in the javeline throw at 81.52 mts. in the men's category. In the women's category the most notable name is that of Damayanti Darsha of Sri Lanka, who holds the record in 400 mts at 51.05s.
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail
The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | Home |
Copyright © 2002, The
Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of
this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of