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Colaco to mediate in Bhutia issue

A marathon eight-hour meeting proved inadequate for the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) emergency committee to screen 72 applications for the general secretary’s post and the I-League CEO.

sports Updated: Jul 23, 2009 16:55 IST
HT Correspondent

A marathon eight-hour meeting proved inadequate for the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) emergency committee to screen 72 applications for the general secretary’s post and the I-League CEO.

The process will continue on Thursday.

“It could be more than five and a final decision will be arrived at by Thursday afternoon,” an AIFF emergency committee member said on Wednesday.

Another member said 10-12 applications for the general secretary’s post could be shortlisted and some six or seven of those seeking to be the first CEO.

Once the lists are complete, the applicants would be sent letters stating terms and conditions of employment and if they agree would be called for interviews by the AIFF emergency committee, the official said.

That apart, the committee authorised Alberto Colaco to mediate in the Bhaichung Bhutia-Mohun Bagan imbroglio. “It will now be his (Colaco) task and not the Players Status Committee (PSC) to mediate between Bhutia and Mohun Bagan and find an amicable solution,” said AIFF working president Praful Patel. Patel also said the sports ministry has sanctioned a grant of Rs 100m for preparing the squad for the 2010 Asian Games in Ghunzou, China. “I have spoken to the sports minister for funds,” Patel said.

Major Decisions

General secretary and CEO: Screening to continue on Thursday too.

It is possible that six-seven candidates will be shortlisted for the CEO's post and 10-12 for the general secretary's post.

Letters will be sent to shortlisted candidates stating terms and conditions and that if they agree, they would be called for an interview.

The interviews will be conducted by the AIFF emergency committee.

Artificial Turfs:

A three-members sub-committee consisting of Sunil Bhardwaj (Haryana), Inder Singh (Punjab) and Larsing M. Sawyan (Meghalaya) to recommend

football centres for artificial turf under the Win in India with India programme.

Age-group teams:

All state associations must have X Ray/MRI for age-group teams.

It is mandatory to have MRI for national team probable in various age-groups.