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Athletes and officials with the Indian team take part in the opening ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on July 5, 2017. The 2017 Asian Athletics Championships is being held from July 6-9 in India's eastern Odisha state. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR

Odisha showcased its rich culture and tourism potential to the world

Bhubaneswar:5/7/17: Odisha showcased its rich culture and tourism potential to the world at the inauguration of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship, with some splendid cultural performances in a glittering evening at Kalinga Stadium here on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the championship, the biggest athletics event in the history of the state.

 

After the formal inauguration, a performer dressed up as ‘Olly’, the mascot of the championship, led the march-past of athletes. ‘Olly’ represents the endangered Olive Ridley turtles found in coastal Odisha.

Afghanistan led the marching contingents with hosts India bringing up the end.

The Indian contingent, led by their flag-bearer, women’s 800-metre runner Tintu Luka, was greeted with applause and cheers by the spectators. Over 60 Indian athletes and several officials took part in the event.

The girls, who ushered the national teams with placards of the country’s name, wore ethnic Sambalpuri saree, showcasing Odisha’s handloom sector.

More than 800 athletes from around 44 countries are to participate in 42 events — 21 for men and 21 for women. The Asian Athletics Championships will also serve as a qualifying event for the World Championships to be held in London next month.

Artists from across the country performed in the inaugural function, starting from folk dance to Bollywood numbers, enthralling the jam-packed stadium.

 

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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