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Olympic suspension could end in next 2 months: Sports Minister

New Delhi, May 16, 2013 (PTI)
Jitendra Singh. PTI file image

India's Olympic suspension could be lifted in the next couple of months, claimed Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, insisting that the process to end the exile has already been set in motion by the IOC.

"The IOC has decided to pave way to lift ban on IOA. Indian sportspersons will be able to join Olympic movement. A roadmap has been drawn up with consultation with the delegates of National Sports Federations, the government, the IOA and the IOC," Jitendra said while addressing a press conference just after arriving home from Switzerland following a meeting with the IOC officials.

"As per Constitution of the IOA, a 30-day prior notice is required to call an Extraordinary General Meeting. I think the whole matter could be wrapped up in 60 days," he added.

Jitendra asserted that the controversial Sports Code was not diluted while drawing up the roadmap for India's return during his meeting with the IOC.

In a crucial meeting between Indian officials and the IOC in Lausanne yesterday, a roadmap was drawn up for India's return to the Olympic fold and Jitendra said the world body appreciated that the Code was more or less in conformity with the Olympic Charter.

"There was no relaxation on Sports Code. We discussed the Sports Code with the IOC which felt the Code was in conformity with the Olympic Charter except for the provisions relating to transparency and accountability in the functioning of sports bodies and Right to Information," he said.

"The government funds 40 to 70 per cent of the budget of the federations and it is taxpayers' money and we have to make sure that the money is spent well. The sports bodies will have to be accountable," he added.

He said that a new Sports Bill is being drafted and the government will consult the IOC while preparing the Bill.

"The government is in process of drafting a new Sports Bill and during discussions it has been agreed that we will work along with the IOC in the proposed Bill. The first draft will be out by June 30," he said.


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