Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: A preparatory meeting for the Asian Athletics Championships scheduled to be held here from July 6 to 9, was held here today with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Sports Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev and Secretary of Athletics Federation of India (AFI) chalking out strategies for smooth functioning of the event.

Padhi informed, the championship will have 42 events with 650 athletes and 1100 officials from 45 countries participating in it.

A management committee along with 13 sub-committees have been constituted to take care of all arrangements, added Padhi.

It may be mentioned that the mega sports event of athletics will be held for the first time in Kalinga Stadium here. AFI President Adille J Sumariwalla had personally inspected the facilities and infrastructure at the stadium last month before giving a green signal to conduct the event here.