BANGALORE: Procam International, the promoters of the Sunfeast World 10K run in Bangalore, which is into its third year, has rebuffed the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) stance of not recognising the event.
AFI Secretary-General Lalit Bhanot has written to the Karnataka Athletics Association (KAA) and the State Government stating: “the Sunfeast World 10K is not an AFI recognised event. Any athlete participating in it could get injured and miss out on a heavily scheduled season, what with the Commonwealth and Asian Games slated during the year.”
Procam International joint director Vivek B. Singh in his rejoinder to AFI's claims has stated: “The IAAF Gold Label status that the event has earned just into its third year shows the global acceptance of the event and its importance. With classy international long distance and track athletes confirming their entries, the event is getting bigger with each passing year. But the AFI thinks otherwise.
“However with the support of the Karnataka Government and Sports Authority of Karnataka, the event will go ahead as scheduled on May 23.” — Special Correspondent