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I am surprised by personal attack on me: Randhir

New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association
Secretary General Randhir Singh today said he is surprised by
the "personal attack" on him by the Sports Ministry in its
tug-or-war with IOA over the tenure limitation regulation.

The Government today criticised Randhir, saying that he
has a "conflict of interests" in the tenure issue because the
IOA official was also an International Olympic Committee (IOC)
member.

"I`m surprised by this personal attack on me and I would
respond in a press conference at the Olympic Bhawan tomorrow,"
a miffed Randhir told agency.

The Sports Ministry has introduced a regulation which
states National Sports Federations (NSF) presidents cannot
continue for more than 12 years, with or without break, while
secretaries and treasurers can serve eight years at a stretch
and would have to take a four-year break before seeking a
re-election.

Top IOA and NSF officials are up in arms against the
regulation and they flaunted letters of support from IOC and
Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) which warned India could be
handed an international ban if there was infringement on the
autonomy.

PTI

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