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Ministry seeks early meeting with IOC

other Updated: May 26, 2010 01:05 IST
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The Sports Ministry has written another letter to the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday and sought an early meeting to end the crisis that is threatening to disaffiliate the Indian Olympic Association.

The Ministry's letter termed the crisis a 'false situation'. The letter, signed by Ministry's joint secretary Injeti Srinivas, attacked the Indian Olympic Association for creating this crisis.

The situation comes after the IOA refused to follow the Ministry guidelines on fixing the tenure of the chiefs of the National Sports Federations and National Olympic Committees.

Interestingly, the Ministry also revealed that they had not received any letter from the IOA, which threatened to take up the issue at the IOC's next Executive Board meeting, possibly leading to India's disaffiliation.

In his letter to IOC chief Jacques Rogge, Srinivas sought an immediate meeting to clear the air."We are confident that IOC will acquaint itself with the full facts before forming any view in the present case. We expect that our meeting with you can be scheduled early to enable a comprehensive appreciation of the entire matter," the letter read.

In a veiled attack on IOA secretary general who is also an IOC member and the secretary general of the OCA, the letter accused him of misleading the IOC.

"He is fully aware of the proceedings before the Delhi High Court, as IOA is a respondent, in the ongoing Public Interest Litigation. Further, as the Secretary General of OCA, he is conversant with the sports legislations of Malaysia and Sri Lanka," the letter said.

"It is unfortunate that the IOC member from India has not even cared to consult us before taking up this matter with you," read the letter. "This an attempt to create a false situation of crisis, by a few interested persons, whose only aim is to protect their unduly long tenures in the IOA and the NSFs (National Sports Federations)."

In order to drive the Ministry's point, Srinivas drew upon instances where contries legislated their laws to control their sports bodies. "We have carefully studied sports regulations prevalent in more than 30 countries, including USA, France, Italy, Hungary, Mauritius, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. These countries have enacted sports legislations, which contain several mandatory provisions that their sports federations have to conform, to obtain recognition and financial support from the government."

The guidelines, if implemented, would end the tenure of Kalmadi and NSF chiefs including VK Malhotra (archery), Jagdish Tytler (judo) and SS Dhindsa (cycling).