IAF to host the 24 Hours Asia and Oceania Championships in 2020-21 in Bengaluru

IAF has decided to host a 24 Hours Asia and Oceania Championships in 2020 and a 100 km Asia and Oceania Championships in 2021 in Bangalore. It aims to boost the ultra race in India.
Vamsi Athreya

Updated: Jul 17,2019 12:17:18 pm

IAF to host the 24 Hours Asia and Oceania Championships in 2020-21 in Bengaluru

17 July 2019 Current Affairs:The Indian Athletics Federation (IAF) has decided to host a 24 Hours Asia and Oceania Championships in 2020 and a 100 km Asia and Oceania Championships in 2021 in Bangalore. It aims to boost the ultra race in India.

Sponsors:
A team led by Nadeem Khan, the head of the IAU, inspected the facilities in Bengaluru as it will be hosting the two continental events. The 2 events will be sponsored by NEB Sports, which are coming to India for the first time. 

Ultra Race:
The Ultra race is governed by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU). Any race longer than the traditional 42,195 km marathon is Ultra race. Ultra races are played at a set distance, such as 50 km, 100 km and longer events, or a set time, such as 6 hours, 24 hours and multi-day events. 

India's achievement in Ultra race:
India won an individual and team medal in the 2018 24-hours Asian and Oceania Championships in Taipei. Ullas Narayana covered a distance of 250 km in 24 hours and won bronze and an Indian team composed of Ullas, Sunil Sharma and Lallu participated in the event.
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