The 24th South Zone junior inter-State athletics championship begins at the Maharaja’s Stadium here on Monday. Competitions for boys and girls in the under-14, 16, 18 and 20 age groups will be conducted in the three-day meet.

Tanil Nadu defends

Athletes from Tamil Nadu, which won the team title last year, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and host Kerala will be seen in action.

Kerala will field an 189-member team at the championship.

The opening day’s events begin at 6.30 a.m. but the official inauguration, by Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany, will be at 1.30 p.m. — Special Correspondent

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