'No decision on Asiad'

Uncertainty prevailed over possible bidding for the 2019 Asian Games as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Thursday told Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal that it was yet to take a decision on mounting a bid for the mega-event despite the fast-approaching deadline.

IOA President N Ramachandran, along with senior vice-president Virendra Nanavati, met Sonowal and told him that a decision whether to bid for the Games or not would be taken by its Executive Committee.

Reports have quoted Sonowal as having said that the government would support such a bid but would wait for a presentation from the IOA.

IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta had told PTI that the national sports apex body would approach the newly-elected government to bid for the 2019 Asian Games after Vietnam capital Hanoi pulled out.

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