Olive Ridley to be mascot of Asian Athletics Championships
The logo and mascot of the Asian Athletics Championships scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from 6 to 9 July 2017 were released.
The logo and mascot of the Asian Athletics Championships were released on 8 May 2017. The sea turtle, Olive Ridley was declared the mascot of the Championship. The logo depicts an athlete crossing the finishing line with historical tourist attractions of Odisha.
The logo and mascot of the Asian Athletics Championships were released by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the presence of Olympians PT Usha and Anju Bobby George. The two Olympians were also felicitated during the programme. The championship is scheduled to be held from 6 to 9 July 2017 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
The mascot is named as OLLY and represents the sea turtles that annually migrate to coastal Odisha for mass nesting. The nesting process starts between November and December and continues until April and May.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister formally announced the commencement of the mega international sports event where more than 700 athletes from nearly 45 countries would participate in 42 sports events during the four-day sports extravaganza.
Expenses on Asian Athletics Championships: The state government would spend around 43 crore rupees for the organising the grand sports event.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also announced that Bhubaneswar will also host the World Hockey League final in December 2017 and men's hockey world cup in December 2018.