Last month, the 38th National Masters Athletics Championships of India were held at Mangala Stadium in Mangaluru. On Wednesday, it was reported</a> that the 40th National Masters Athletics Championships 2019 will be held in Manipur “per a statement issued by Masters Athletics Federation of India (MAFI).” Say what? How did a year get skipped? Don’t ask. And don’t tell WMA that the 39th National Masters Athletics Championships were held at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, in late February. The mess of competing national governing bodies continues unabated in 1.3 Billion Land. Even though a year ago I reported how India’s version of USATF was taking over masters track, we still see such nonsense as: “The above [February] championship will be one of the selection criteria to select the Indian Masters Athletics Team for the forthcoming World Masters Athletics Championships which is scheduled to be held in Malaga, Spain, during September 2018.” Yeah, right. (WMA doesn’t cotton qualifying meets.) So who’s in charge? Only Vishnu knows.
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