Coaches unhappy with ageing Yuba Bharati track

Kolkata: The ageing synthetic track of the Yuba Bharati Krirangan that will host the 51st National Open Athletics Championships from Saturday has come in for a criticism from coaches.

The meet assumes significance for athletes who will try to book their places for the London Olympics by attaining the qualifying marks here.

But the coaches are apprehensive about athletes` good results in the meet here.

Long jump coach M A George said that the synthetic track, laid in Yuba Bharati Krirangan way back in 1987, has passed its prime.

"A synthetic track has a life of 10 to 12 years. The track`s prime is over. It will be a real drawback for the athletes here," George, the Indian long jump coach, said.

Echoing same feelings, J S Bhatia, coach for middle and long distance runners, said, "The track has lost on its bounce factor. It will lack bounce affecting the performance."

Champions Indian Railways will be among the 30 teams from states, union territories, boards and institutions who will vie for top honours in the four-day meet which will have a total 44 events.

Altogether 880 athletes will compete in 22 events each in men`s and women`s sections.


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