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Govt ready to be a sport, calls meet on Sept 5

THE SPAT between the State Government and the sports associations, including the Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association and its parent body Indian Olympic Association, over the controversial Sports Act-2005 is likely to end at an ?all-party? meet called here on September 5. If this happens, the chances of Uttar Pradesh holding the 2009 National Games, withdrawn last month by the IOA Executive Committee, may once again be there.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 02:03 IST

THE SPAT between the State Government and the sports associations, including the Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association and its parent body Indian Olympic Association, over the controversial Sports Act-2005 is likely to end at an ‘all-party’ meet called here on September 5. If this happens, the chances of Uttar Pradesh holding the 2009 National Games, withdrawn last month by the IOA Executive Committee, may once again be there.

According to sources, the State Government has reportedly expressed its ‘desire’ to amend a few clauses of the Sports Act-2005, the main reason behind IOA withdrawing the 2009 National Games.

IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi, and general secretary Randhir Singh, besides UPOA chief Sardar Mohd Aslam Khan, general secretary Anandeshwar Pandey, UP Judo Association secretary Munawar Anzar and UP Swimming Association chief Ranjeet Singh Judeo will represent the sports bodies in the meeting. Sports and Youth Welfare Minister RK Chaudhury will lead the discussion on behalf of the State Government. Principal Sports secretary Sri Kishan and a number of officers of the Uttar Pradesh Sports Directorate, including director, Sports, VK Kharbanda will also attend the meeting to resolve the deadlock.

Last month IOA had outrightly rejected the Sports Act after its eight-member committee, including Union Broadcasting Minister PRD Munshi, found some of its clauses against the Olympic Charter of the International Olympic Committee as well as of the IOA.

Anandeshwar Pandey had submitted a letter of the State Government to the IOA, which was also rejected. But, before the rejection, the Junior National Boys Hockey Championship under the joint auspices of the UP Hockey Association and the UP Sports Directorate at Saifai was cancelled. Moreover, many events at the district and State levels which were to be conducted in co-ordination with the Sports Directorate and the State sports associations were also cancelled.

Reacting to the proposed meeting, Pandey claimed that a solution to the deadlock was a must as it was ruining the sports activities in the State. “I always stand for sports and sportspersons and I am confident that the September 5 meet will certainly settle the issue amicable,” he said.