:Bhubaneswar:1/7/17: The Odisha government declared a half-day holiday at all offices in the state capital on July 5 for the inaugural ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship (AAC).
“Government offices located in Bhubaneswar will be closed by 1.30 pm on Wednesday in view of the opening ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships,” said a notification issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department.
The offices will remain closed so that commuters along the route are not put to inconvenience due to movement of police escort, buses and vehicles of athletes and delegates, according to the notification.
The athletics championship will be organised from July 6 to 9 at Kalinga Stadium here while the inauguration ceremony would be held on July 5.
More than 700 athletes from around 45 countries will participate in 42 events — 21 for men and 21 for women.