AFI to launch 2023 Indian athletics season with National Cross Country at Kaziranga National Park

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Thursday said that the pristine Kaziranga National Park will be a location from where it will launch its 2023 competition schedule.

AFI President Adille Sumariwalla said the federation was particularly happy that its flagship National Inter-District Junior Athletics Meet (NIDJAM) would be back on the annual calendar after a three-year gap.

AFI President Adille Sumariwalla said the federation was particularly happy that its flagship National Inter-District Junior Athletics Meet (NIDJAM) would be back on the annual calendar after a three-year gap. | Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Thursday said that the pristine Kaziranga National Park will be a location from where it will launch its 2023 competition schedule.

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. 

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