Postponement of 36th National Games: IOA seeks a word from CM
AUGUSTO RODRIGUES | NT
The India Olympic Association (IOA) is expecting to hear from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar about Goa’s stance on the 36th National Games.
“We need to hear from the captain. There are incoherent voices emanating from Goa since December. A message from Goa’s Chief Minister will put to rest all speculations about the cancellation or postponement of the National Games,” a senior IOA member told ‘The Navhind Times’ over phone from New Delhi.
The Goa government had in a letter to IOA president Narindra Batra on January 9, 2019 requested him or the IOA secretary general to visit Goa to discuss matters regarding the possibility of postponing the 36th National Games – to be held in Goa from March 30 to April 14 – in view of the forthcoming elections and examinations in Goa.
In a message to all affiliated members on January 10, Batra said, “It is our
feeling that Goa is trying to find excuses and wants to delay the hosting of Games in March/April 2019. As discussed in our AGM, any further delay now by Goa will lead to cancellation of Goa National Games, since 2020 National Games are fixed for Uttarakhand.”
“Other than the Chief Minister, Goa does not have a person capable of leading the operations for the conduct of the Games. Conflicting reports keep appearing. Some sort of communication from the Chief Minister will lay all our doubts to rest. The National Games was allotted to Goa despite a number of postponements, because of the assurance from the Chief Minister. His silence is disturbing,” added IOA sources.
India Olympic Association secretary general Rajeev Mehta and Games’ Technical Coordination Committee (GTCC) members were expected to visit Goa from January 16 to January 19 to hear Goa’s contention. The visit of the IOA officials has been postponed, as Mehta has taken ill.