The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has urged the government to give its approval to host the South Asian Games (SAG) next year. An IOA delegation is expected to meet Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, shortly.
On Wednesday, during its special general body meeting, the IOA emphasised on conducting the SAG allotted to it on a rotational basis. "The games could be held in another state if Delhi is out of bounds due to technical reasons," IOA acting president VK Malhotra said in a statement.
Keeping in mind the apex body’s elections later this year, the IOA has rejected amendments made to its constitution last year. All national federations, whose disciplines figure in the Olympic Games, Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, will have three votes each and not two. The state Olympic body will have two votes each.
During the meeting, the amendment to have eight vice-presidents and six joint secretaries was ratified.
Restoration of discretionary powers of the president to appoint office-bearers, committees and commissions on disciplinary matters was also ratified.
Malhotra also said, the IOA would not accept the draft sports bill as it infringes on the autonomy of the federations.