The Indian Olympic Association has sought Prime Minister ManmohanSingh’s intervention and support to host the South AsianGames (SAG) early next year as was scheduled originally. The decision to postpone the SAG was taken by the Sports Ministry,and Sports Minister Ajay Maken declared that the Games could notheld when Suresh Kalmadi is at the helm. “Under the current scenario, the IOA is facing flak, and hasbeen unsuccessful in removing chief Suresh Kalmadi even afterfacing such serious corruption charges. It is not possible to trustthe IOA, and they do not seem competent to hold any biggames,” Maken had said. The IOA’s plea to the Prime Minister comes in the wake ofSouth Asian Olympic Council’s (SAOC) decision to shift theGames to Kathmandu, Nepal if they are not held as scheduled inDelhi early next year.
SAOC’s decision was in response to reports that the SAG islikely to be deferred to the latter half of 2014. “The rescheduling of the Games is not possible because if wedon’t host the Games in January/February next year, they willbe shifted to Kathmandu, Nepal,” IOA acting President andBJP’s Leader of Opposition in Delhi Legislative Assembly VijayKumar Malhotra said in a letter to the Prime Minister. “The Executive Committee of South Asian Olympic Council, inits meeting, has decided that in case the Games are not held inIndia in 2013, they will be allotted to Kathmandu,” hefurther wrote. The Sports Ministry and the IOA had been at loggerheads over theexact dates for staging the regional Games in India.
While the Sports Ministry wants to defer it till the second half of2014, the IOA insists it should be held as per schedule in January2013. “We don’t have this leeway to shift or defer the Games,and then hold it when the Sports Ministry gives its clearance. Once these are moved out of the country, it will be difficult forIndia to conduct them in the near future, given the rotationalbasis on which Games are allotted,” the letter said. “It will be a big embarrassment for India and its sportingfraternity if the Games are moved to another country. India is a leading member of the SAARC and it has certainobligation towards this regional organisation. IPL Laser Machines
Not holding theGames early next year will weaken our position in the SAARC.” SAG, earlier called South Asian Federation (SAF) Games, are part ofthe SAARC charter according to which the Games have to be rotatedamong the member countries. Now it is India’s turn,”the letter added. Malhotra also stressed that the IOA did not make any bid, and theSAG was allotted to India on the basis of the rotation system. “In my earlier letter to you, I had made it clear the IOA didnot make any bid for these Games. China Cavitation RF Machine
They were allotted to us becauseof the rotation system. The last edition of the Games was held inBangladesh. Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have also hostedit,” wrote Malhotra. “The Sports Ministry was fully aware of the dates of theGames. China Oxygen Therapy Machine
It was not a sudden development, Delhi Government was alsokept informed about it and its consent was received. “The reasons put forth by the Sports Ministry for seekingdeferment of the Games are flimsy and contradictory, and are notconvincing.”.