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Ministry checkmates Srinivasan

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 11, 2011
First Published: 01:03 IST(11/1/2011) | Last Updated: 01:05 IST(11/1/2011)

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary N Srinivasan is all set to quit as president of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) following a show cause notice issued by the Sports Ministry as holding posts in different national sports federations is not allowed as per the new government guidelines. Srinivasan is also under fire for holding the cricket post and being the owner of the Chennai Super Kings IPL team.

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Srinivasan's days as AICF president are numbered, although it was the chess body that gave him a platform in national sports way back in 2001.

"The sports ministry has sent a letter a few months back informing that holding posts in two federations was not allowed in the new guidelines announced in May 2010. We raised the issue with Mr Srinivasan and he has indicated that he would not like to continue as AICF president," DV Sundar, secretary general, AICF, told HT from Chennai on Monday.

But as the tenure of the current managing committee headed by Srinivasan is ending in May 2011, Sundar wrote to the Ministry seeking six months time to allow Srinivasan to complete his term. However, the ministry seems to have made up its mind.

"The ministry has already given assurance to the Delhi High Court that it will follow the guidelines strictly. The request for more time may not be acceded to and the reply will go shortly from the ministry," said a Sports Ministry spokesman.

Sundar said in case the ministry refuses to give time, Srinivasan would quit his post immediately.


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