The 2023 domestic athletics season will kick off at Kaziranga National Park in Assam, with the national cross country championships taking place there from January 7-8.
Athletics Federation India The (AFI) said on Thursday that the pristine Kaziranga National Park will be the site where it will launch its 2023 competition schedule.
“The 57th National Cross Country Championships will be held at a course in Kaziranga on January 7-8, and will be the first of the 18 national level competitions that the federation will hold next year,” the national federation said in a statement.
Jharkhand has been allocated two of the three major tournaments at the national level, including the Interstate Championships in Ranchi from July 26-30, 2023, which is expected to be the qualifying event for next year’s Asian Games.
Jharkhand’s other city, Jamshedpur, will host the National Athletics Open from October 11-14, while the Federation Cup Senior Championship will be held in Bhubaneswar from June 12-15.
The Federation Cup has been held from March to April in the past few years but this time it will be held in June.
AFI President Adele Sumariwala said the federation was particularly pleased that the National Junior Athletics Meeting (NIDJAM) would return to the annual calendar after a three-year gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are excited that Bihar has come forward to support NIDJAM in a big way and will host it in Patna,” he said.
Sumariwala said the domestic calendar has been prepared with a focus on international competitions in 2023.
“We have many events in which our athletes can showcase their progress. I am confident that Indian Athletics will continue to grow in the right direction and on the right track.”
The World Team Race Walking Championships in Muscat (March 4 and 5) will be the first major meet for the Indians. The Asian Championships in Pattaya, Thailand (July 12-16) gains importance as the winners gain direct qualification to the World Championships in Budapest (August 19-27).
The Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8.
National competition schedule: January 7-8: 57th National Cross Country Championships, Kaziranga National Park, Assam January 12-14: 18th National Inter-District Junior Athletics Meet, Patna, Bihar February 14-15: 10th Indian Walking Competition In the Open Race, Ranchi, Jharkhand March 1: 2nd Indian Open Jumps Competition, IIS Bellary, Karnataka March 2nd: 2nd Indian Open Jumps Competition, IIS Bellary, Karnataka March 5-6: 4th Indian Open 400m Competition, LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 10-12: March 18th National Youth Championships in Athletics, Udupi, Karnataka March 20th: Indian Grand Prix 1, LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala March 27th: Indian Grand Prix 2nd LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala April 2nd: Indian Grand Prix 3, Bengaluru, Karnataka April 10th: Indian Grand Prix, Bengaluru, Karnataka May 15-17th: 21st Federation Cup Junior Championships, Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu June 12-15th: Federation Cup Athletics Grand Prix, Bhubaneswar, OR Disha July 26-30: 62nd National Inter-Stat Athletics Championships, Ranchi, Jharkhand August 7: 2nd National Javelin Day (Olympic Victory Day Neeraj Chopra) September 10: 5th Indian Grand Prix, NIS Patiala, Punjab October 11-14: 62nd National Open Athletics Championships, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand Oct 29-31: 3rd India Open Athletics U-23 Championships, Chandigarh 4-7 Nov: 38th National Junior Athletics Championships, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
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