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IOA and IOC dispute to be resolved by December: Sports secretary

Mehakdeep Grewal , Hindustan Times  Patiala, November 19, 2013
First Published: 00:41 IST(19/11/2013) | Last Updated: 00:53 IST(19/11/2013)

Sports secretary of India Ajit M Sharan here on Monday assured that the long pending dispute between Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) over barring charge-sheeted officials from contesting elections would be resolved by December this year.

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Sharan, who was on his maiden trip to Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), said, "Though the government doesn't come into the larger picture of resolving the dispute between the two governing bodies, there has been an assurance from both the ends that the matter would be resolved by year-end."

With less than a year to go for Asian and Commonwealth games, the sports secretary said the government is primarily focusing on three major aspects, including utilisation of present sports infrastructure and management of elite athletes.

Highlighting the future plans of ministry of youth affairs and sports, Sharan said, "There is a proposal to set up two new national institutes, one for sports medicine and science and the other for coaches." adding, "I am not very pleased with the report made by the authorities as there is a need for more detailed study before we finalise the location for setting up of the two institutes."

The newly appointed sports secretary expressed his concern on the lack of national coaches. "At present, there are only 500 coaches, but we need over 1000 coaches to ensure a solid performance on the international podium."

Of the institute's facilities, he said, "More hostels need to be built; audio visual aids need to be installed in the classrooms. Two separate halls for basketball and volleyball have been approved." He also expressed concern over the seats in sports medicine and science courses lying vacant at the institute.

Sharan assured the authorities that the diet cost of players will be increased from the present Rs. 400 per day, as he proposed an increase in the funds for diet of the sportspersons.

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