Live on 1 Play Sports: MILO NIDJAM set to host 4500 athletes from 494 districts in India.
More than 4,500 boys and girls in the Under-16 and Under-14 age groups, from a record 494 districts, will compete in the MILO National Inter -District Junior Athletics Meet 2019 to be held at the Sri Venkateswara University Stadium from 23rd November to 25th November. It is emerging to be the biggest of the 17 editions of the competition to date. And if you aren’t the lucky few who could be present at the venue, tune in to 1 Play Sports to catch all the action live.
For the record, the 2018 edition held at the same venue saw 4,135 athletes from 414 districts while the year before had 4,283 athletes from 424 districts competing for the honors in Visakhapatnam. With Nestle-Milo coming on board this year as the title sponsor, MILO NIDJAM is poised to take track and field sport to the next level.
The President of the Athletics Federation of India, Adille Sumariwalla, said AFI is delighted that its persistent efforts to galvanize district associations were paying dividends. “We have always encouraged our state units and district associations to support the raw talent at the grassroots level so that it finds expression on this big platform,” he said.
“We are sure it will not be long before we have close to 600 of India’s 731 districts taking part in MILO NIDJAM. We will work towards getting more participation from the states in the North-East,” Mr. Sumariwalla said. “Our initiative of providing financial aid to 100 districts this year has been well received and we are hoping to extend it to all districts soon.”
The AFI President said MILO NIDJAM is AFI’s flagship event and it takes pride in the fact that this is a unique talent search programme. “It is wonderful to be able to offer close to 50,000 youngsters across the country the opportunity to showcase their athletic skills in the National meet. At MILO NIDJAM, our coaches and scouts identify the best of the athletes for grooming,” he said.
MILO NIDJAM has come a long way from the first edition held in 2003 in Hardiwar and has served as one of the earliest platforms for star athletes such as Neeraj Chopra, Dutee Chand, and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon. It is now one of the largest talent search competitions, involving more than 50,000 boys and girls in the two age groups across the country.
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