Randhir stresses on the need to bid for 2019 Asian Games

New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association
Secretary General Randhir Singh on Monday said India should bid
for 2019 Asian Games else the lavish infrastructure built for
this year`s Commonwealth Games (CWG) will remain unutilised
after the October 3-14 megaevent.

He also urged the government to consider IOA`s decision
to bid for the Asian Games even as Sports Minister M S Gill
had told Rajya Sabha earlier this month that the country will
not bid for the 2019 Asiad.

"The infrastructure made for the Commonwealth Games need
to be utilised. We last hosted a sporting event in 1982 (Asian
Games) and now after 18 years we are again hosting a major
event (Commonwealth Games," said Randhir, who is also the
Secretary General of the Asian Olympic Association.

"If you are not going to host the Asian Games and
Olympics we will be going back to past. The decision makers
should think positively and consider the future of Indian
sports," he said.

The IOA official, however, said the negative publicity
surrounding the CWG, including corruption charges and delays
in preparation, has had a damaging effect on their cause.

"Unfortunately in the wake of the publicity we have
received over the last couple of days everyone is looking at
it (Asian Games bid) in a negative sense. This is affecting on
the long term development of India sports," Randhir said.