Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium hosts a two-day Asian All-Star Athletics meet

July 30th, 2010 - 2:18 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium hosted a two-day Asian All-Star Athletics meet as a step forward to get prepared for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in October.

This event lent a first hand feeling and experience for representatives and functionaries of athletic associations of various countries ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held during October.

Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Sebastian Coe, Chairman of 2012 London Olympics Committee were present on the occasion.

Kalmadi who also heads athletics federation said that the Asian All Star Athletic Meet would be the preparation for the Indian athletes for the mega event of Commonwealth Games.

“Indian athletes will be able to get home surface practice and I am sure that the Asian Athletic Championship today will help them compete and produce good timings in the Commonwealth Games. We want India to do very well in the Commonwealth Games. Bring as many medals as possible,” said Kalmadi.

On his part, Sebastian Coe said the British are taking the Commonwealth Games very seriously and said that spectators would be able to witness world-class competition.

“The English team would be the largest ever to appear in the Commonwealth Games. Young athletes will perform in world class surroundings and spectators would be able to witness world class competitions appearing on a world class stage,” said Sebastian Coe.

Another representative from England added that the stadium looked absolutely ready to him for the games.

“It looks beautiful. It looks like its ready and we are just here, basically as observers to see what we can learn for the games. We will be bringing a team of 100 athletes in October,” said John Braili, a representative of England Athletics Association.

The Asian All Star Athletic Meet would conclude on Friday. (ANI)

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