In pics: Asian Athletics Championship kicks off with dazzling opening ceremony at Kalinga Stadium
Bhubaneswar: As chief minister Naveen Pattnaik declared the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships open on Wednesday evening, the baton for making the biennial event a success was passed on to the athletes.
CM Naveen Patnaik declared the Championships open at the Kalinga Stadium in front of a capacity crowd with international athletics federation president Sebastian Coe and Asian body chief Dahlan Al-Hamad in attendance.
Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla and Union Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas were also present to witness ceremony, which was turned into a spectacular show of light, sound, song and dance.
Bollywood composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan and ‘Thousand Hands’ dance troupe from Thailand also enthralled the audience during the opening ceremony.