State Olympic Games schedule
Bangalore: The State Olympic Games will be held at Mysore and Mandya from February 4 to 10. The Karnataka Olympic Association president K. Govindaraj announced the schedule in a press conference here on Thursday evening. The event that is expected to feature 3920 athletes, will also serve as a selection trial for the State squad for the forthcoming National Games in Jharkhand.
“We wanted Raichur and Bellary to host the event but since the infrastructure was not ready yet, especially proper accommodation for women athletes, we decided to shift the event to Mysore and Mandya though a few events like swimming, shooting and triathlon will be held in Bangalore,” Govindaraj said.
Meanwhile Amar Kumar Pandey, commissioner, Department of Youth and Sports Services, said, “We have listed Raichur and Bellary as venues for the 2008-09 championship and it has been made part of the budget. And I am sure by November 2008, we should have the necessary infrastructure in place in Raichur and Bellary. The Government grant of Rs. 1.67 crore would have lapsed if we did not host the event before March 31 and hence we decided to make use of existing infrastructure in Mysore and Mandya,” Amar Kumar Pandey said. — Principal Correspondent
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