With a September start to the national athletics season looking unlikely, P.T. Usha has planned a competition within her academy in Kozhikode in August to keep her trainees motivated.

“We have some 20 girls and we are planning to have teams of four each and have a competition. We will have events from the 100m to the 800m,” Usha told Sportstar.

“Now, it looks like there may not be any competition this year. And if athletes just keep training without a change, their morale may go down. This competition is just to give them pep up, to make life interesting for them.”

The 400m and 800m could be the events to watch.

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“In the 400m, we have Jisna Mathew, Abitha Mary Manuel, Jessy Joseph and T. Suryamol and we have some good 800m runners too. So, we will try to ensure that the teams are equal to make the…

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