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Indian athletics domestic calendar 2024: Full schedule, list of events

Published at :February 5, 2024 at 6:54 PM
Modified at :February 18, 2024 at 8:53 AM
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Ashwathy Rajendran

Season started with national cross country championships

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has planned 23 major competitions in 2024, keeping in mind the global events, especially the Paris Olympic Games in August.

The qualification and ranking periods for all individual events, except the marathon, for Paris 2024 will end on June 30, 2024. The marathon will qualify runners until April 30, 2024. This means that the competitions in the first half of the year will be crucial for Indian athletes who want to secure a spot in the Paris Olympics.

Indian competitors will have a better chance of qualifying for the Olympics in the familiar domestic venues, even though there will be several international athletics meetings this year.

The domestic Indian athletics season for 2024 will start with the National Cross Country Championships in Gaya, Bihar on January 15 and end with the district competitions in December.

March will be a busy month, with the India Open 400m, jump and throw competitions, as well as the inaugural National Open Relay Carnival in Chandigarh. The action will continue in May, with Bengaluru hosting the first Indian Grand Prix of the year. The athletics scene will then move to Chennai on May 30 for the Indian Grand Prix 2, followed by the third and fourth India Grand Prix 2024 meets in Bengaluru and Patiala in June and July, respectively.

The National Interstate Senior Athletics Championships will take place in Panchkula, Haryana in June, while the National Open Athletics Championships will be held in Bengaluru from August 30 to September 2. These two events, which will mark their 63rd editions this year, are scheduled before and after the Paris Olympics. Thus, the Interstate athletics championships will serve as a vital final selection event for athletes aiming for a spot in the Paris Olympic Games.

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August 7 will be celebrated as National Javelin Day by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for the third consecutive year to honor Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Javelin competitions will be held nationwide on this special day, while Chopra himself will compete in the Summer Games in Paris.

The 27th Federation Cup, one of the prominent events of the year, is slated for mid-May, while the zonal competitions are scheduled for October.

January 15National Cross Country ChampionshipsGaya
January 30-31South Asian and Indian Open Race-Walking CompetitionChandigarh
FebruaryNational Inter District Junior Athletics MeetGujarat
March 8-10National Junior Federation Athletics ChampionshipsBhopal
March 18Indian Open 400m CompetitionThiruvananthapuram
March 20Indian Open Jumps CompetitionBengaluru
March 22Indian Open Throws CompetitionPatiala
March 24National Open Relay CarnivalChandigarh
April 1-May 25State MeetsVarious
April 30Indian Grand Prix 1Bengaluru
May 12-15National Federation Cup Senior Athletics CompetitionTBD
May 30Indian Grand Prix 2Chennai
June 12Indian Grand Prix 3Bengaluru
June 15-17National Youth Athletics ChampionshipsChhattisgarh
June 27-30National Inter State Senior Athletics ChampionshipsPanchkula
July 15Indian Grand Prix 4Patiala
August 7National Javelin Day CompetitionsAll states and UTs
August 30-September 2National Open Athletics ChampionshipsBengaluru
September 28-30Indian Open U-23 Athletics CompetitionKolkata
October 4-6West Zone Athletics ChampionshipsMumbai
October 4-6East Zone Athletics ChampionshipsBhubaneswar
October 7-9North Zone Athletics ChampionshipsHamirpur
October 7-9South Zone Athletics ChampionshipsPuducherry
November 7-11Junior National Athletics ChampionshipsKozhikode
DecemberDistrict MeetsVarious

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