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22nd Asian Athletics Championship formally announced; mascot, logo unveiled

Bhubaneswar, May 7: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday formally announced hosting of 22nd Asian Athletics Championship at Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar from 6-9 July 2017 and unveiled the mascot and logo for the event in the presence of athletic champions PT Usha and Anju Bobby George.

“The premier athletics championship coming to Bhubaneswar in itself signifies rising prominence of Odisha in global sports. Bhubaneswar is already anointed host for world hockey’s top tournaments Men’s Hockey World League final later this year and Hockey Men’s World Cup next year. Odisha is fast emerging as a global sports destination,” said the Chief Minister.

The logo depicts an athlete crossing the finishing line with historical tourist attractions of Odisha in the backdrop, the mascot is named OLLY that represents the famous Olive Ridley sea turtle.

As many as 45 countries with over 700 athletes are taking part in the championship. They include big names in world athletics.

“Getting to watch top international athletes and stars from close quarters is a tremendous opportunity for our boys and girls. They will be inspired to take up sports. Sports and tourism go hand in hand. We will have large number of visitors and tourists who along with watching the championship will also be keen to explore the beauty and culture of Odisha. We are taking all steps to ensure a pleasant experience for all players and visitors,” said Patnaik.

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