October 17, 2015
Two records were broken in different events at the opening day of the 29th Tamil Nadu Junior Open State Athletic Championship 2015 held at the Coimbatore Nehru Stadium here on Friday.
As many as 4000 athletics from various educational institutions participated in the three day event which was jointly organized by the Tamil Nadu State Athletics Association (TNSAA) and Coimbatore District Athletic Association (CDAA).
According to D.Srinivasan, the Joint Secretary of CDAA, two girls in the high jump category set meet records on the first day of the event. “While Kevina Ashwini from the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) jumped 1.54 meters, Jushi Suldhana from NLC Neyveli jumped 1.52 meters and set a meet record by beating the previous best of 1.48 meters,” he informed. A meet record was also set in the pole vault category.
Dr.P.Thangavelu, President of CDAA said that 2500 male athletes are competing in the 123 events and 1500 female counterparts are vying for a place in the national level tournaments. “The athletics who win with good track records will be selected for the National level athletic championship which is to be held in Ranchi in November,” he added.
He also informed that this is the first meet to be held under flood lights in Coimbatore.
Inaugurating the event, Walter Issac Devaram, former Director General of Police of Tamil Nadu said that sports give a healthy exposure to students. Talking about the employment opportunity in sports, Devaram said “There are many opportunities in government departments for sports personalities and the employment rate is high.”
He further added that the present government is giving enough opportunities for athletes and is also providing incentives to athletes who excel. ” Sports is also essential for a healthy lifestyle which is a demand in the present context,” said the former DGP.
Teams from Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, Kovai Athletic Club, Kovai Athletic Federation, Seven Star and Achiever Athletic Academy is also participating in the meet.