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CHENNAI: Appearing Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) president Anil Khanna is a busy man these days. The Delhi Excessive Courtroom had directed him, because the senior vp, to supervise the affairs of IOA as performing president after eradicating Narinder Batra from the highest put up.
Although there have been murmurs throughout the IOA and the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) has not vetted it as but, Khanna feels every little thing must be effective.
And naturally, he mentioned that every little thing is ok in IOA and there’s no combating between factions.
Not that Khanna has not seen such challenges earlier than. As an official who has occupied posts just like the treasurer and senior vp within the IOA, he has been witness to such teething points earlier than sending groups overseas for Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Video games.
For Khanna precedence is to ship the group with no glitch this time too. There are issues that must be sorted out, significantly issuing visas to the athletes.
“Proper now we’re concentrating on points like granting visas to athletes and officers, and we would like every little thing to be easy,” he mentioned after the India group equipment launch in New Delhi on Thursday.
“For now, sending athletes to CWG is our precedence. After which we’ll look into different issues, together with amending IOA structure, following authorities pointers and holding subsequent elections.”
Although the IOA govt council has not met nor the IOC has vetted clearly, Khanna feels issues would fall into place. “The IOC will wait and watch initially,” he mentioned. “We’re a part of the identical household and issues will get sorted out. There must be no downside.” Actually, he mentioned that Batra has assured cooperation to him.
On high-jumper Tejaswin Shankar’s participation in CWG, Khanna mentioned the Commonwealth Video games Federation and the organising committee haven’t accepted his identify.
“They’ve mentioned that solely like-for-like alternative is permissible and since he’s changing a quarter-miler, his identify won’t be accepted now,” he mentioned.
Alternatively, the Athletics Federation of India is saying that they’re nonetheless attempting to get him into the group.
AFI felt that since he was a part of the lengthy record that was submitted earlier than the final date July 5, this case shouldn’t have arisen. Tejaswin’s identify was included after the athlete approached Delhi Excessive Courtroom.
The AFI had instructed courtroom that he had been included instead of quarter-miler Arokia Rajiv, who’s injured.
Committees for Nationwide Video games
Not simply sending groups to the CWG, Khanna is concerned with different prime officers of the IOA to streamline the organising of the Nationwide Video games in Gujarat round September-October.
He mentioned that it’s lucky that the much-delayed Video games will probably be lastly held this 12 months. He mentioned that the state authorities of Gujarat and the Union sports activities ministry have been very useful.
215-athlete contingent for CWG
The Indian Olympic Affiliation has named 108 males and 107 ladies for the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games ranging from July 28.