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The Athletics Federation of India has today finalised Patiala as the venue for the 60th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships to be held from 25-29 June 2021. The competition will serve as the last qualification opportunity for the athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
During a meeting held today for finalising the venue of the competition in view of ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it was also decided to organize the competition at two different venues.
Adille J Sumariwalla, AFI President, informed, "We are planning this competition very carefully due to the pandemic situation. To avoid large gatherings at one place, we have decided to host the competition at two different locations in Patiala. Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports will be the venue for 24 events while other 19 events will be held at Punjabi University grounds. All the mandatory Standard Operating Procedures will be strictly followed and we are not going to provide accommodation to the teams,".
The federation is also inviting athletes from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia and Kazakhstan for the competition. Athletes who meet AFI qualification standards for this competition will only be allowed to participate. The entries should be submitted "ONLINE" on AFI Website by the Affiliated States/UT from 10th to 18th June 2021.