AFI decides to start Domestic competition in September


On Saturday, the Athletics Federation of India decided to start the domestic competition in September due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic all the national and international sporting events have come to halt.

AFI said in a release, “High Performance Director Volker Hermann, Chief Coach Bahadur Singh and Deputy Chief Coach Radhakrishnan Nair shared a competition calendar that envisions the resumption of domestic events in September.”

Planning Committee Chairman Lalit K Bhanot said, “We had planned for competition in two phases but had to draw up in one, delayed phase. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.”

After the announcement of complete nationwide lockdown, AFI said on 29 March that it will issue a new domestic calender to start the season.

The president of AFI, Adille J Sumariwalla said, “It was important that we followed due process, though the members had approved the proposal to extend the term of the body by circulation.”

“We had initiated the election procedure by appointing a Returning Officer and securing the nomination of delegates from our members, but that had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.”


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