|Athletics Federation of India (AFI) submitted a bid to host two continental ultra running championships in Bengaluru in 2020 & 2021.|
Athletics Federation of India has expressed interest to host two continental championships in the next couple of years for which bids have already been submitted. Nadeem Khan, IAU President and Rober Boyce, IAU Vice-President had their first official visit in India to assess the possibility for the Federation to become the host of the IAU event. With support of NEB Sports, India has bid for hosting the IAU 24 Hour Asia & Oceania Championships in 2020 and the IAU 100 Km Asia and Oceania Championships in 2021, which is being discussed during this visit.
From left: Robert Boyce (IAU Vice-President), Adille Sumariwalla (AFI President), Nadeem Khan (IAU President)
AFI President, Adille Sumariwalla said, “At the outset, I extend my heartiest welcome to IAU President Mr. Nadeem Khan from Canada and Vice-President and Robert Boyce from Australia. This is their first official visit to India and we are very pleased they visited us to take a note of how the sport of Ultra Running is progressing in India. I hope both IAU President and Vice President are satisfied with their visit and will provide us further inputs in connection to hosting these events and IAU will provide us this opportunity to host International events in India in a year or two.”
IAU President, Nadeem Khan said,“Ultra running in India is making rapid progress and we are really happy to see that. I am really impressed with this progress in such a short time. I am glad that India joined IAU family only in 2017 and have already made to the podium at the Asia-Oceania 24 Hour Championships at Taipei in 2018. Such results will definitely motivate other Ultra Runners in the country and we expect more such results in coming continental events. We have received India’s bid to organise continental-level events and I think the facilities we visited in Bangalore are really good. The final decision on hosting IAU 24 Hour Asia & Oceania Championships in 2020 and the IAU 100 Km Asia and Oceania Championships in 2021 in India will be taken by IAU council,”
IAU Director of Communication