Asian Athletics Championship kicks off with dazzling opening ceremony at Kalinga Stadium [Photos]

The 2017 Asian Athletics Championships is the 22nd edition of the event and will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from 6-9 July.

FP Sports July 05, 2017 22:34:12 IST
Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. AFP
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Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. AFP
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Asian Athletics Federation president Dahlan Ahmad and International Athletics Federation president Sebastian Coe during the opening ceremony . PTI
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Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Asian Athletics Federation president Dahlan Ahmad and International Athletics Federation president Sebastian Coe during the opening ceremony . PTI
The Indian contingent led the team parade at the Kalinga Stadium. AFP
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The Indian contingent led the team parade at the Kalinga Stadium. AFP
Former long jumper Anju Bobby George, Shiny Wilson, PT Usha and other legendary athletes were in attendance. PTI
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Former long jumper Anju Bobby George, Shiny Wilson, PT Usha and other legendary athletes were in attendance. PTI
China, who are the most successful team in the Asian Athletics Championship, have fielded 58 athletes in this edition. AFP
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China, who are the most successful team in the Asian Athletics Championship, have fielded 58 athletes in this edition. AFP
Pakistani athletes march past during the opening ceremony. PTI
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Pakistani athletes march past during the opening ceremony. PTI
Discus thrower Hiba Omar is the sole representative for Syria at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships. AFP
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Discus thrower Hiba Omar is the sole representative for Syria at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships. AFP
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture for 22nd Asian Athletics Championships. PTI
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Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture for 22nd Asian Athletics Championships. PTI