Asian Athletics GP shifted from Chennai to Colombo

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With the Tamil Nadu government refusing to host Sri Lankan athletes on political grounds, the third leg of the Asian Grand Prix scheduled to be held in Chennai on May 16 has now been shifted to Colombo

After the Tamil Nadu government cancelled the prestigious Asian Championship scheduled to be held in Chennai from July 3-7, the Asian Athletics Association has decided to hold the third leg of the Asian GP in Colombo on May 12.

On February 21, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa called off the championship, saying that Lankan athletes have no place in the state, after reports of the alleged brutal killing of slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran`s son came out.

However, the Athletics Federation of India is still hopeful about find an alternate venue in the country.

The first two legs of the Asian GP would be held as scheduled earlier on May 5 in Bangkok and on May 8 at Chonburi in Thailand.

The events for this year`s series will be: Men: 100m, 400m, 5000m/3000m/5000m, 110m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay; Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Javelin Throw

Women: 100m, 400m, 800m, 100m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Discus Throw, Javelin Throw (PTI)
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  • donn Thursday, 07 March 2013 01:04 PM

    please enlight us dear sir

    agent Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:17 PM

    No that is not a childish comment. This is indeed a gift given by TN by this loud moth bitch!

    Shandy Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:13 AM

    Thank you Jayalalitha, you are so smart to pass the baton to us.

    Minan Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:15 AM

    We welcome the decision of the Asian Athletics Association, well done.

    scrap_metal Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:20 AM

    great news..

    ipl Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:29 AM

    wat abt sri lankan player in the IPL????

    lal Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:29 AM

    What a relief to athletes and officials that they don't have to go to squalid Tamil Nadu and put up with dirt, mob vilence and unhygenic food. Colombo on the other hand will be a treat to those athletes! A mad woman at the helm has shot herself in the foot with stupid action and given Sri Lanka a gift on a silver platter. TN the loser and Sri Lanka, the winner!!!

    Be fair...... Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:19 AM

    This is great, seems the tide is changing for SRI LANKA. wish the regime here will not mess it up, taking personal credit

    mack Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    I guess now all problems faced by Tamils in SL will come to an end. via DM Android App

    ANTON Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:39 AM

    WE CAN INVITE TAMIL NADU PEOPLE TO COME AND WATCH THESE EVENTS.

    Binara Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:27 AM

    We welcome them wether they are ugly or not ...

    Aravindan Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:44 AM

    The foolishness and arrogance of megalomaniac Tamil Nadu politicians at its peak.

    RamUk Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:44 AM

    will the Indian athletes be welcome?

    Nodrog Friday, 08 March 2013 03:44 AM

    Again, like the travel ban to TN, what was meant to hurt us has boomeranged and hurt TN and the old biddy jayalalita.

    hifi Thursday, 07 March 2013 05:20 PM

    their are times as sl citizens we would be happy to waste are money and this is ONE. STFU and GTFO.

    No Drog Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:43 AM

    shall we ask china for a loan?

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:51 AM

    Its egg on the face for Jayalalitha for trying to be too smart and too big for her "chappals". Wonder if there are any participants from Tamil Nadu as well!

    ravivararo Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:51 AM

    Sri Lankan tax payer's money shall be wasted for athletics when the economic crisis is prevailing in Srilanka. Thanks to Jaya.

    DHA Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:52 AM

    haaaaaa....Madam.J dug her own grave.....

    Robin Hood Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:39 AM

    Athletes, one and all, including South Asians will be relieved to compete away from the squallier and stench.

    James Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Tamil Nadu should invite all Tamils of india to settle down in India...frankly speaking NO ONE will leave Sri Lanka is Tamil Nadu is their only option!!!!!! Even good old SL is heaven!!! Ask any Indian expat!!!!! via DM iPad app

    ravi Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:53 AM

    sri lankan fools still not understood the game..

    Ela Malli Thursday, 07 March 2013 08:09 AM

    Another way to promote rulers AND WASTE OUR MONEY...first give the people the basics before all these

    RAM Thursday, 07 March 2013 08:09 AM

    this is exactly what i commented earlier with the same news. this is not chennai athletic grand prix for her not to allow us, this is Asia athletic GP. such a moron she is to loose the GP for the state where she is the chief. she is not chief minister she is full of c*** sinister

    chux Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:09 AM

    Keep going jayalalitha your state will miss so much of events in this nature due to your unlawful behaviour....

    Ravi Seneviratne Thursday, 07 March 2013 08:11 AM

    You B.... , do not send any of your buggers to our country , it will be 'PAY BACK TIME' with arrears

    Sapumal Bandara Thursday, 07 March 2013 08:12 AM

    RamUK, definitely we will warmly welcome all South Indian Athletes and their entourages. That much is guaranteed. Sri Lankans are not South Indians. NO WAY.

    Fusion Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:05 PM

    We will welcome them with open arms. They are our guests! We will do everything possible to make it a memorable stay. That the duty of Sri Lankans.

    sam Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:11 PM

    what ever it may be you can't have it in tamil nadu, you are great our chief minister of tamil nadu. let war criminals conduct the games

    Dingo Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:14 AM

    Childish comment. You need years to get maturity

    tomsamusa Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:14 PM

    Will there be elephant race, koss atta eating contest ,last but not the least Tamil teen ager boy shooting as part of pakse'a new contest.

    ind Thursday, 07 March 2013 08:14 AM

    Yes, We are Sri Lankans, Not like TN racists.

    aafi Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:18 AM

    How come you don't have the basics, but and have internet?

    tomsamusa Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:15 PM

    pot calling the kettle black; every action has an equal and a opposite strong reaction.

    saman Thursday, 07 March 2013 08:23 AM

    The war hungry diaspora will get the banners out and in the street in no time.....

    Ela Malli Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:32 AM

    How much is your monthly allowance for supporting the rulers? don't be dumb..not you and me but the common man is starving. Stop being an idiot

    ReMarjo Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Will china agree to conduct this event here? via DM Android App

    klk Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:49 AM

    very good lesson to these racist politicians in TN. sports should not be mixed with politics.

    IOSirisena Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:10 AM

    ha ha ha slap in the face


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