Top Indian stars, who brought laurels to the country during the Commonwealth and Asian Games, will be seen in action when the National Senior Inter-State Athletics Championships (ISAC) begins at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here from June 11 to 14.
Top Indian athletes, including Asian Games gold medallist in men's 400m hurdles, Joseph Abraham, AC Ashwini, who won three gold medals; one in Commonwealth Games and two at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games gold medallist discus thrower Krishna Poonia and long-distance runner Preeja Sreedharan, who won gold medal in the 10000 meter event and silver in 5000 metres in Asian Games, will vie for top honours in the event. Also seen in action will be Abdul Najeeb Quereshi of Andhra Pradesh, who equalled the national mark in 100m at the Commonwealth Games.
Besides, country's top rung triple jumpers Renjith Maheswary and Mayookha Johny, distance runners Kavita Raut and Pankaj Dimri and Chatholi Hamza, shot putters Om Prakash and Saurabh Vij and a number of upcoming juniors will try their might to set the track and field ablaze in the next four days.
Organised by Karnataka Athletics Association, the four day event will be crucial for the Indian athletes attempting to qualify for the Asian championships at Kobe, Japan from July 7 to 10 and the World championships to be held at Daegu, South Korea from August 27 to September 4, as well as, the next year's Olympic Games in London.
More than 600 athletes from as much as 22 states and union territories are taking part in the Bangalore meet.