AFI targets Sep-start to 2020 season competitions

NEW DELHI: The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Saturday decided to tentatively start the 2020 season's competitions in September.

The decision was taken at an online meeting of the AFI's executive committee Saturday.

According to the tentative calendar, the season will start with the first Indian Grand Prix on September 12 while three senior national championships - Open Nationals, Federation Cup and Inter-State - will be squeezed in less than a two-month period starting September 20.

The Open Nationals (September 20-24) will be followed by Senior Federation Cup (October 5-9) and Senior Inter-State Championships (October 29 to November 2).

The National Inter-District Junior Athletics Meets (NIDJAM), which is touted as the world's biggest talent hunt programme for single sport, is planned to be held as the season-ending event from December 4-6.

According to AFI's earlier calendar drawn up before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federation Cup was to be held in April (in Patiala), followed by National Inter-State in June (in Bengaluru) and Open Nationals in August (in Chennai), IANS reports.