Mangaluru: The President of the Karnataka Amateur Athletics Association, Dr G Parameshwar, held a press meet at the Mangala Stadium here, on April 30.
Addressing the mediapersons, Parameshwar said that out of 876 registered athletes 676 have already reached Mangaluru and the rest will reach soon. The inaugural ceremony of the 19th Fed Cup National Athletics Championships 2015 will begin at 6.15 pm at the Mangala Stadium. Prior to the inaugural ceremony, a colourful procession will be held from Lalbagh to the Mangala stadium. All the athletes will assemble in the warm-up ground and march in a procession towards the stadium.
He further said that due to the Prime Minister’s emergency meeting regarding the Swachch Bharat programme, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will be attending the important meeting in New Delhi and will not be able to attend the inaugural ceremony. A senior politician will inaugurate the 19th Fed Cup National Athletics Championships 2015 and receive the guard of honour.
All the Presidents of associations such as Athletic Federation of India, Karnataka Athletic Association and Dakshina Kannada Athletic Association will hoist the flag respectively.
High Jumper Sahana Kumari will lead the Karnataka team and administer the oath.
When questioned if the all India bundh might affect the event, Parameshwar said, “I have personally requested all the organizations to keep politics or any differences aside and take part in the event because we have received an opportunity to host the prestigious 19th Fed Cup National Athletics Championships 2015 in Mangaluru and have received positive response. We have also urged the heads of educational institutions to send their students to take part in the event.”
He also said that the winners in the 19th Fed Cup National Athletics Championships 2015, will also be awarded cash prizes.
The ‘Sports Injury Centre’ is already operational in Mangala stadium with four doctors and nurses to assist the athletes for their medical needs.
Dakshina Kannada Athletic Association Manjunath Bhandary; former president of Dakshina Kannada Athletic Association Tejomaya; Chairman of Sree Devi Institutions Sadananda Shetty, and others were also present.