The 81st All India Inter-University Athletics Championship will be held at Moodbidri, in the Dakshina Kannada region of Karnataka, from January 4 to 7. The championship will be inaugurated on January 4 by Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur, as per the Registrar of Mangalore University in Moodbidri. Over 400 universities are anticipated to participate, together with over 2,000 athletes and 1,000 sports officers.
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Mangalore University, and Alva’s Education Foundation (AEF), Moodbidri, are co-hosting the championship. The inaugural meeting will be attended by Karnataka Sports Minister Narayana Gowda, Dakshina Kannada MP and BJP State President, Karnataka Minister for Energy, Kannada, and Culture, Moodbidri MLA, former Minister and Joint Secretary of the Association of Indian Universities, and Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor.
More than 100 teams depicting the art and culture of India will participate in a procession that starts from the Hanuman temple in Moodbidri. The championship will have 23 events. Online registration was made available for the participants. The four-day event will see national and international-level sportspersons in action. Modern photo-finish technology will be set up at the venue. Alva’s Education Foundation is organizing the event for the fifth time. It would sponsor the entire cash prize for the winners at the event.
While the winner of the meet would get a cash prize of Rs 50,000, the first runner-up would receive a prize of Rs 30,000, and the second runner-up would receive a prize of Rs 20,000. Those who establish new records will get a cash award of Rs 25,000, while the first three winners in each event will receive a cash prize of Rs 25,000, 15,000, and 10,000 cash, respectively.