July 5 to be a historic day with AAC in Odisha: Naveen

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jul 4 (PTI) Ahead of the opening ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletic Championship here, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik described it as a historic day for the state. “Tomorrow marks a historic day for #Odisha. The #ACC 2017 will get going, signalling states emergence as a strong force in global sports arena,” Patnaik tweeted.The chief minister said he is looking forward to the grand opening ceremony and events.”Seek cooperation of all to make #AAC2017 the best in the history of @AsianAthletics,” Patnaik tweeted. The state capital is poised to host the championship with arrival of dignitaries like Sebastian Coe, president, International Association of Athletic Federations, Dahlan Al-Hamad, president, Asian Athletic Association, Adille Sumariwalla, president, Athletic Federation of India, C K Valson, secretary, AFI and Indias popular sportswoman P T Usha.The state government has already announced a half-day holiday tomorrow for the inaugural ceremony.About 800 athletes representing 44 countries along with more than 300 officials from various sports bodies will participate in the sporting event.The event is being held at the Kalinga Stadium here, where there will be about 42 track and field events. Olly, the official mascot has been welcomed at different places.In the synchronised march past of participants, sprinter Srabani Nanda will hold the tri-colour. All flag bearers will have a colourful look with Odishas Sambalpuri sarees, an official statement issued by the state government said.The Kalinga Stadium has been transformed to become a world class track and field facility, adhering to the norms of International Association of Athletic Federation, said sports and youth affairs secretary Vishal Dev.advertisementDev said utmost care has been taken for accommodation and transportation.There is complete preparedness for safety and rescue operations. About 500 volunteers have been mobilised from different colleges, medical and management institutes, besides sports specific volunteers, Dev said. PTI AAM DKB AH AHlast_img

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