Mangaluru, 30 April 2015: The prestigious 19th Federation Cup – National Senior Athletics Championship 2015 kick starts with colourful events here in Mangala Stadium, Mangaluru on 30th April 2015, Thursday evening.

In the absence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah senior minister of his cabinet R.V.Deshpande along with Sports and Youth Affair Minister Abhayachandra Jain has announced inauguration of national meet by blow away two thousand balloons.

Higher Education minister Deshpande said that our nation failed to produce enough number of sportsmen being second biggest populous nation and we should strive hard to produce quality athletes by providing quality sports infrastructure.

The state government has taken initiative to open Centre for treatment sports injuries in Bengaluru and team of doctors from Bengaluru deployed here in the sports arena, Health Minister UT Khader said.

The proposed sports injuries medical centre not only aims at treating sports injuries but also taking back them to sporting arena, Health Minister added.

The elated Bollywood star Sunil Shetty has advised the athletes participating in the event to maintain sportsmen sprit and visit places of tourism and religious places in Mangaluru without fail.

This is the first time that the Federation Cup is being held in the district. A number of tabluex and various bands accompanied the guests, delegates and athletes in the procession.

Athletic Federation of India Adil J Sumariwal, President of Karnataka Athletics Association Dr G Parameshwar, Minister for Urban Development Vinay Kumar Sorake, Minister H C Mahadevappa, Minister of State for Youth Empowerment, MLAs J R Lobo, Shakunthala Shetty and others were present in the function.

Courtesy: Mangalore Today