Indian track and field season for men and women opens with the National Open throws meet at the IIS, Bellary in Karnataka, on March 1.
The Athletics Federation of India released its 2023 competition calendar on Thursday and for a change the Federation Cup for seniors – normally conducted in March or early April earlier – will be held in June this time, in Bhubaneswar.
Adille Sumariwalla, the AFI president, explained that the 2023 domestic calendar has been prepared with an eye on international competitions.
“We have many events in which our athletes can showcase the progress being made. The AFI is confident that Indian athletics will continue to grow in the right direction,” said Sumariwalla.
The cross-country Nationals, in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park next month, will be the AFI’s first competition next year and the junior inter-district Nationals, which come next, will be making a return after three years.
The race walking Team Worlds (Muscat, March 4-5), Asian championships (Pattaya, July 12-16), World championships (Budapest, Aug. 19-27) and Asian Games (Hangzhou, Sept. 23-Oct. 8) are some of next year’s majors.
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 Open Race Walking Competition, Ranchi, Jharkhand
March 1: 2nd Indian Open Throws Competition, IIS Bellary, Karnataka
March 2: 2nd Indian Open Jumps Competition, IIS Bellary, Karnataka
March 5-6: 4th Indian Open 400m Competition, LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
March 10 to 12: 18th National Youth Athletics Championships, Udupi, Karnataka
March 20: Indian Grand Prix 1, LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
March 27: Indian Grand Prix 2, LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
April 2: Indian Grand Prix 3, Bengaluru, Karnataka
April 10: Indian Grand Prix 4, Bengaluru, Karnataka
May 15-17: 21st Junior Federation Cup Championships, Thiruvannamali, Tamil Nadu
June 12-15: 26th Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
July 26-30: 62nd National Inter-State Athletics Championships, Ranchi, Jharkhand
August 7: 2nd National Javelin Day (Neeraj Chopra’s Olympic victory day)
September 10: Indian Grand Prix 5, NIS Patiala, Punjab
October 11-14: 62nd National Open Athletics Championships, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
October 29-31: 3rd Indian Open U23 Athletics Championships, Chandigarh
November 4-7: 38th National Junior Athletics Championships, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.