While local girl and birthday Indian contingent leader Srabani Nanda at the opening ceremony of the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar, the city is in the midst of a great sporting spectacle with the promise of much more to come.
The capital city of Odisha hosts AAC for the third time in India and it will be the 22nd general after Delhi and Pune in 1989 in 2013. With Kalinga Stadium also to host the final of the World Hockey League December this year , Supervision of the Hockey World Cup in 2018, these are indeed good times for people in sports.
The stadium, a multipurpose facility located in the heart of the city in the city of Nayapalli, home to the part of the Indian Hockey League, Kalinga lancers. He underwent a complete facelift in only 90 days with synthetic tracks, practical devices and lighting systems that have been built, which impressed the president of the federations of the International Association of Athletics Sebastian Coe.
It is expected that a total of 800 athletes from 46 countries to present in Bhubaneshwar for the show twice a year, with the Indian contingent of 95, one of the most important. In the last championships in Wuhan, China, in 2015, the Indians finished a third laudable in the classification with 13 medals in total, four of which were of gold and five of silver.
Only China with 15 gold medals and seven of Qatar had finished ahead of India. A gold medal in the Asian Athletic Championship guarantees a place in the World Championship. This time, however, two of the four Wuhan gold medals missing in action: Inderjeet Singh is provisionally suspended for doping and Stewler 3000 meters. Runner Lalita Babar took a leave after his recent marriage. Babar will also jump to the next IAAF World Championship.
Of the two remaining gold medals, only Tintu Luka looks like the competition, but his best season 02:03:59 is well below his efforts to win the race in 2015 by 2: 1: 53: 800 meters. The record Vikas Gowda pitcher could manage only 57.79 in recent tests by the Selection Committee and will need a huge improvement to win a medal here. The qualifying mark for the test disc launch at the World Championship is still a distant 65 meters dream.
While the old guard may be dry, India may find new athletic-looking heroes. Neeraj Chopra is the best bet for a gold medal. The 19-year-old is the record for the youthful world record in the javelin throwing and finished fifth most credible in the recent Lincoln Diamond League.
The best seasonal Chopra of 85.63 meters is not the highest among competitors, however, as the Chaus Tsun Cheng jet of China Taipei 86.92 meters in Jiaxing, China in April means that they are neck and neck. On the previous occasion that Cheng and Chopra was square in the Asian Grand Prix earlier in the season, China Taipei beat the Indian athlete in gold.
MR Poovamma, 27, won silver in the 400m last time, but Nirmala Sheoran (51.28 seconds) and Jisna Mateo, 18 (52.65) was the fastest Mangalorean this year. Relay team 4×400 meters women have the air formidable and a podium can go better than their silver medal in Wuhan.