Resolve tenure limit issue within country: Gill

New Delhi: Sports Minister M S Gill on Saturday
said that the row over prescribing tenure and age limit of the
IOA and National Sports Federation bosses should be resolved
within the country.

Gill`s reaction came after International Olympic Council
today rejected Sports Ministry`s argument for a tenure and age
limitation regulation, warning such a move might result in
India being thrown out of the Olympic family next month.

Gill said he has got the IOC letter but the matter should
be resolved within the country.

"I have got the (IOC) letter and I can understand why it
is being written again and again. This is an issue between
ourselves and should be resolved within the country," he said.

"There should be a limit to the tenure and age (of sports
bosses). I have not brought a new guideline. I have only
revived the 1975 guideline. The IOA should respect the opinion
of the people of this country," he added.

The Sports Ministry`s guideline seeks to limit the tenure
of the presidents of IOA and NSF at 12 years with or without
the break. The secretary generals and the treasurers` tenure
is fixed at eight years at a stretch while also advocating a
retirement age of 70 for all executives.

Those who would be affected if the guideline comes into
effect would be IOA President Suresh Kalmadi and NSF chiefs
including VK Malhotra (archery), Jagdish Tytler (judo) and SS
Dhindsa (cycling).


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