Govt gives IOA time till Thursday to submit bid documents

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 16:16

New Delhi: The Sports Ministry has given the
Indian Olympic Association time till Thursday to submit a
comprehensive document with all the financial details if it
wants to get the government`s permission to bid for the 2019
Asian Games.

The Ministry said the National Olympic body made a
significant delay in informing the government of its decision
to bid for the 2019 Asian Games, giving it very little time to
consult with various parties concerned.

Sports Minister M S Gill said the government has to abide
by the system and cannot merely consider any abrupt proposal.

"To consider any such great event which has major
financial and other implications, there is a system. IOA has
to prepare a comprehensive document with financial and other
details and has to pass a formal resolution in its executive
body and then present it to the Sports Ministry," Gill told
reporters.

"The Sports Ministry then has to consult the Finance
Ministry, Home Ministry, Planning Commission and the Delhi
Government and only after that the Ministry can take it to the
Cabinet, which makes the final decision.”

"Just casual talks in the press has no meaning. When such
a document is presented to us, we will examine it," he said.

In a letter written to IOA Secretary-General Randhir
Singh on July 8, Sports Ministry`s Under Secretary Shankar Lal
said the Ministry needs a comprehensive document to consider
such a proposal.

"It is noted from your reply that the decision to bid for
2019 Asian Games was taken at the AGM of IOA held on
7.12.2009. Given the enormity of the factors involved in
hosting such a major sporting event, it is not understood as
to why it took IOA nearly four months to inform this
department of their decision to bid for the Games," the
Ministry letter said.

"Further, the first communication received from IOA on
this matter was in the form of an abrupt email dated 28.4.2010
attaching a draft letter of guarantee to be issued by the Host
City Government. Since the decision to bid for a major
sporting event like Asian Games requires Government
endorsement at the highest level, IOA was expected to submit
comprehensive documentation, giving adequate lead time to the
Government to hold inter-ministerial consultations," it said.

"Unfortunately, in the instant case, IOA has neither
provided the department with the requisite documentation nor
has it given the department adequate time to appraise the
proposal in consultation with all concerned, including the
Government of Delhi.”

"Hence, unless IOA supplies information on the points,
it will not be possible for Department of Sports to examine
the proposal of IOA for bidding for 2019 Asian Games... It is
requested that the requisite information may please be sent to
this Department immediately and latest by 15.7.2010," the
letter added.

The Sports Ministry had specifically sought justification
from IOA on the choice of Delhi for 2019 Asian Games,
especially after the national capital lost out to Doha for
2006 and Incheon (South Korea) for 2014 Asian Games.

The Ministry also said that IOA proposal was silent on
the proposed institutional arrangement for conduct of the
Games.

The Ministry also asked IOA to submit a proper budget for
the Games, indicating both expenditure component and revenue
component and said merely informing the operational budget
estimate of this year`s Guangzhou Asian Games was not enough.

"It is pertinent to mention that IOA had informed the
Ministry that it would like to desist from receiving any
further financial assistance from the Government from 2010-11
onwards. Hence, IOA also needs to clearly state whether the
present proposal for bidding for 2019 Asian Games and
subsequent conduct of the Games in the event of winning the
bid is at no cost to the Government," the letter said.

The Sports Ministry also said that over the years India`s
performance in the quadrennial event has not been impressive
and hence IOA`s proposal should also contain a proper plan as
to how the athletes will fare in the Games.

"The other important issue relates to the level of our
performance in the Asian Games, which has not been quite
satisfactory. Games are not only to showcase our city/country,
but also to showcase the country`s sporting performance, for
which we should have a clear target. Hence, IOA`s proposal to
bid for the Games should also state their plan for putting up
a commendable performance at the Games in terms of medal
tally/ranking," the Ministry said in the letter.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 16:16
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