Patnaik unveils Asian Athletics Championships mascot Olly
Olly, the Olive Ridley sea turtle was on Monday unveiled as the official mascot for the 22nd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships to be held here from July 6 to 9.
Bhubaneswar: Olly, the Olive Ridley sea turtle was on Monday unveiled as the official mascot for the 22nd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships to be held here from July 6 to 9.
Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik on Monday flagged off the Asian Athletics Championships’ mascot rally which will tour all the 30 districts of the state to spread awareness and publicity for the event.
The mascot has been chosen with the aim of generating awareness amongst the masses and creating a sense of belongingness to the Championships for which Olly will be touring all the 30 districts of the state.
A brand new synthetic track, complete with floodlights and a brand new warm-up facility has been setup to host the event.
Olly has rightfully being designated as the mascot as it belongs to the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles that travel thousands of miles in the ocean and arrive in millions every year on the Rushikulya and Gahirmatha beaches the state for their annual nesting.
This 22nd edition is set to be its biggest ever as it has garnered participation from nearly 1000 athletes which will be a qualifying event for the IAAF World Championships in London.