NSFs reject govt guidelines, IOA hopes early settlement

Updated: Jun 01, 2010, 21:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Officials of the Delhi-based
National Sports Federations met here on Tuesday in presence of
Indian Olympic Association secretary general Randhir Singh and
again outrightly rejected the government`s guidelines on
tenure limitation.

Randhir, who is also the secretary general of the Olympic
Council of Asia, said the meeting was attended by Jagdish
Tytler (Judo Federation of India president), KP Singh Deo
(Rowing), Dhanraj Chaudhury (Table Tennis Federation secretary
general) among others.

The IOA top official hoped that the matter would be
resolved before International Olympic Committee`s Executive
Board meeting on June 23, failing which India face the risk of
IOC suspension.

"We (IOA) had a meeting with Delhi-based national
federations where the government guidelines came up for
discussion. Everyone was firm on their stand and rejected the
government`s guidelines," Randhir said after the meeting.

"It is unfortunate that the government has issued
guidelines on the autonomy of NOCs (National Olympic
Committees) and NSFs. Time is running out but I am hopeful
that the sports ministry will be invited by IOC and everything
will be sorted out as soon as possible," he said.

The Sports Ministry had recently sought an early meeting
with IOC president Jacques Rogge to sort out the tenure
limitation crisis after the international body had threatened
to take up the matter in its Executive Board meeting later
this month.

Randhir said instead of getting into confrontation with
the NSFs on the tenure limitation issue, the Sports Ministry
should concentrate more on the successful hosting of the
Commonwealth Games.

"The Commonwealth Games is round the corner and we are
lagging behind in infrastructure. The government should worry
about that and see that nothing unpleasant happens during the
Games," he said.

"The government should work hand-in-hand as a team. The
government should not do something which will hurt young
athletes of the country. If IOC suspend India, young athletes
will only suffer. It is a sad thing and situation like this
should never happen," Randhir added.

PTI