Kolkata: West Bengal Athletic Association secretary Kamal Kumar Maitra said that Pinki Pramanik will be participating for Eastern Railway after a 8 years long gap in the 66th West Bengal State Athletic Championship .Pramanik, a silver medallist in the 4x400m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, had last competed in a national competition back in 2007 before injuries cut her career short. But Pramanik unfortunately wouldn’t fade away into obscurity and instead was thrust into the public eye under the most difficult circumstances.
Maitra added that there will be dope tests done this time around. NADA officials from New Delhi will come.
Over 1000 athletes representing 39 affiliated units of West Bengal will participate at 148 sporting events in the “Amway 66th State Athletic Championship,2016” in Kolkata.39 affiliated units of WBAA including all districts and reputed Clubs of our state like Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, East Bengal Club l, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Aryans Club , The City Athletic Club, Eastern Railways, Income Tax S.R.C, Kolkata Police Sports Club ,West Bengal Police Sports Club etc. will participate in this prestigious athletic championships of West Bengal.
Christened Amway 66th State Athletic Championship– the 66th annual athletic championship under the aegis of WBAA will be inaugurated by the ourav Ganguly, Former Indian Cricket Captain & President CAB and Hon’ble Sports Minister, Govt of West Bengal, Shri Aroop Biswas, Minister-In-Charge, PWD, Sports & Youth Services, Govt. of West Bengal in presence of other dignitaries and athletes on Thursday, 9th June, 2016 at 3.30 p.m. Sri Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Minister of State for Sports has kindly consented to attend the function as Guest of Honour.
Diptarag Bhattacharjee, Chief Operating Officer, Amway India, said, “We are delighted to renew our association with the West Bengal Athletic Association for the fourth year in a row and be the presenting sponsor of 66th State Athletic Championship. We will also continue to support the West Bengal Athletic team for the year 2016-17 as the team sponsor. We are confident that our support and commitment will encourage young athletes from West Bengal to excel at the national as well as international level.”