Bhubaneshwar’s Kalinga Stadium is ready to host the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship that will see a wide range and the best of Asian athletes participating in the Games. More than 700 athletes from around 45 countries will be participating in the tournament that will have 42 events. This is the second time that the Championship is held in India. Odisha has been preferred this time where the host is fielding a 95-member Indian contingent. The likes of Vikas Gowda, Dutee Chanda, Sidhdhant Thingalaya, Siddharth Mohan Naik, Karthik U, Neeraj Chopra, Tintu Luka, and others. International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe said, “With its love for sport, its population, the great interest in broadcasting and commercial opportunities, India can make a mark. That is important for us.”
With just three months notice before the start of the tournament, the Odisha government gave the stadium a makeover. It now has Olympic-level synthetic track, state-of-the-art lighting systems, practice ground and tracks as well as spectator arrangements.