Monday, 9 November 2009

Delhi to host All Star meet before Commonwealth Games

Delhi will host an All Star meet in August next year that would also double up as a test event for the 2010 Commonwealth Games; newly re-elected Asian Athletics Association president Suresh Kalmadi said on Monday.

After he was re-elected unopposed for the third straight time as the AAA chief, Kalmadi said he would do everything to promote athletics in India.

"My re-election will definitely help promotion of athletics in India," he said.

On the future athletics events in India, Kalmadi said, "Pune has been allotted a Grand Prix in June and we would have an Asian All Star meet in Delhi on August 29-30. This will be a test event for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Kalmadi said he met International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) president Lamine Diack during the 18th AAA general body meeting here and had a fruitful discussion.

"For starters, we are going to have kid athletics at the school level," said Kalmadi, also chairman of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

Kalmadi was elected for another four-year term (2009-13) at the 18th General Body Meeting of the AAA here. He was first elected in Jakarta in 2008.


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