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Indian race walkers to get chance to qualify for Olympics in invitational event

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

An international invitational race walk event will be held here on February 16 and 17, featuring leading Indian athletes and some from foreign countries.

The meet provides an opportunity for the Indians to make the qualifying grade for the 2020 Tokyo and the World championships to be held in from September 27 to October 6, 2019 for both the 20km and 50km disciplines, a press release said.

"We have identified race as one of the events which could fetch us a medal at the Moreover, Asian countries like and are some of the top countries in race With our athletes competing with them, it will improve their timings. I hope a few of them (Indians) qualify from this event here," said in the release.

The event would feature top Indian athletes and second-rung walkers from China, Japan, Korea and

Three more events, apart from the International meet, will be held -- Under-20 (20km) boys and girls and the National Championship (50km) only for men and under-18 boys and girls (10km).

The international and Under-20 events will be held on February 16, while the men's Nationals will be on February 17.

There will be prize money for all the four events, the release said, adding the exact amount will be announced later.

Top Indian stars, including K T Irfan, Manish Singh Rawat, Eknath Sambhaji, Sandeep Kumar, Ravina, Soumya Baby and Shanti Kumari, are expected to participate in the event.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 20:30 IST