Federation Cup, National Youth meet in Pune from tomorrow

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Pune, May 21 (UNI) Potential medal winners from all over the country will be matching their talents in the 8th Federation Cup (Under 20) and the 5th National Youth (under 18) athletics championship which get underway at the synthetic track of the Baburao Sanas Sports Complex here from May 22 to 24.

The meet assumes importance as it would serve as the basis for selecting the Indian squad. The Under-20 Indian team will be finalised to take part in the Asian junior athletics championship to be held in Jakarta during the first week of June, while the Under-18 Indian contingent will be selected to participate in the ensuing 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) athletics discipline, organising secretary Pralhad Sawant informed.

The team selected for the Jakarta meet, will continue to train in Pune before its departure, Mr Sawant said.

The Under-20 Federation Cup was originally scheduled to be hosted by Andhra Pradesh at Karim Nagar. But, due to unforeseen circumstances, the event has had to be shifted to Pune, Mr Sawant informed.

Both the meets have attracted 850 athletes, while 100 officials and 350 technical officials will conduct the three-day championships.


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