Bangalore:The three-day inter-state athletics championships sponsored by Metlife began in Bangalore on Sunday. This meet will also help in the selection trials for the World Championships to be held in Helsinki from August 6-14 and the Asian Track and Field meet in South Korea in September. Six hundred Indian athletes are participating in the 45th edition of the championship. "This competition is very important for us because we are going to be selected for the Asian championship and the coming Commonwealth Games," said Anuradha Biswal, an athlete from Orissa. "My pet event is 100 meters. I am taking a lot of interest in that and in the future also I am hoping to do well in that. This is also for the Asian Track and Field and I am hoping to get selected," said Deepthi Jose, athlete from Kerala. Stress on endurance India's highest achiever in long jump in the international arena, Anju Bobby George, is also participating in the meet before she heads out for the World Championships in Helsinki next month. "In this meet, we will pay a lot of emphasis on technique, on speed and endurance. The coaches are also training us properly and we are hopeful of getting good results," said Gurpreet Singh, national champion. I am increasing my fitness level. I have been practicing for eight months now. I am preparing for ATF and National Commonwealth Games," said Sunita Rani, athlete from Punjab. "I think what is needed to be done is increase the reach and spread and identify the latent potentials that exist in the country. For a country of a billion people, I think we are woefully short of true international talent in the field of sports," said Romi Malhotra, Managing Director, Dell India. With Indian athletes searching for their feet of late, everyone is hoping this meet will bring them out of their inertia and help them set some new national records.