The 25th Asian Athletics Championships (2023) will get underway in Bangkok, Thailand, today. The five-day event will feature a continental competition between the top athletes in the region. The Championship will feature more than 50 Indian competitors, including world-class athletes Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Jyothi Yarraji, and Murali Sreeshankar.
The Asian Athletics Association was founded 50 years ago on the occasion of the event. As the official mascot for the Championship, the local government and organizing committee on Tuesday selected the venerated Lord Hanuman.
The Asian Athletics Association explains why they chose Lord Hanuman as the mascot for the continental competition on their website.
“As Hanuman exhibits extraordinary abilities in Rama’s service throughout the adventure, including speed, strength, courage, and wisdom, the friendship between the two develops and deepens, proving ultimately that Hanuman’s greatest ability is, in fact, his incredibly staunch loyalty and devotion. A perfect combination of strength, intelligence, and wisdom”
The Legendary Ramayana is highly known in many other Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand. The Thai translation of the Ramayana is known as Ramakein.
“The 25th Asian Athletics Championships 2023 logo indicates the athletes participating in the games, skills, teamwork of athletes, showcase of athleticism, dedication, and sportsmanship”
Under the direction of the shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor and the long jumper Murali Sreeshankar, India will strive to have a standout performance in the Championships. The Indian squad thus departed from Bengaluru and Delhi on Saturday night for the five-day Asian Athletics Championships 2023.
The 25-year-old made the following message through his tweet:
“My best wishes to the #TeamIndia contingent for the Asian Athletics Championships. I am sure that we will have a successful campaign. Jai Hind!”
My best wishes to the #TeamIndia contingent for the Asian Athletics Championships. I am sure that we will have a successful campaign. Jai Hind! 🇮🇳
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) July 11, 2023