Asian Athletic Championships to held in Chennai in August 2013

Asian Athletic Championships will be held here in August next year and Tamil Nadu government has earmarked Rs40 crore for it, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said on Thursday.

Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly, she said the Championships would be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where a warm up track would be set up and all facilities upgraded to international level.

Jayalalithaa said the Championships are being held by Athletics Federation of India in collaboration with the state government. She recalled that the Asian Athletic Association has decided to host the next Championships in India.

She said athletes from 44 countries are expected to participate in the event.

The Chief Minister said to promote sports in villages, the government proposes to conduct games in every village panchayats at a cost of Rs25.5 crore every year.

Earlier, she presented a special prize of Rs3 lakh to K. Mala who bagged the silver medal in the Asian Weightlifting Championships held in Japan last year.

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