Next SA Games in India in 2012

As per the rotation system, it was Bhutan’s turn to host the next SA Games, but they expressed their inability to stage the meet, said SAOC Secretary General Kutubuddin Ahmed after their meeting at the BOA Bhawan.

“Representatives from Bhutan said they were not in a position to host the Games due to lack of infrastructure. India’s turn was next and when asked, the three-member Indian delegation accepted the offer to host the 12th edition of SA Games in 2012,” Ahmed told PTI after the parley.

The venue and dates will be decided by India later, Ahmed added.
India in the past have hosted the Games twice — in 1987 (Kolkata) and in 1995 (Chennai).

India were represented in the meeting by a three-member team, including deputy chef-de-mission Kamlesh Chatterjee and Janardan Singh Gehlot.

National anthem woes
The Indian national anthem was allegedly ‘disrespected’ when organisers played it abruptly during a flag raising ceremony, leaving the touring delegation stunned.
During the brief ceremony on Saturdayt at the badminton court, Indian players were left surprised after the national anthem was played abruptly and ended within few seconds in a complete breach of protocol.

“Flags of the six participating countries in badminton were raised together which was in complete breach of protocol. As per convention, a country’s flag is raised and national anthem follows.

“After the flag raising ceremony, national anthems of all the countries were played one after another,” said an Indian official present at the ceremony.
“It started abruptly and at first, I could not make out whether it was our national anthem. It ended in seconds and only then I realised it was India’s national anthem.”
When contacted, technical officials said they were not aware of the matter and would inquire.

“We will speak to the concerned person and check the CD containing the India national anthem.

“We will get it corrected to avert further embarrassment during a medal distribution ceremony,” said an Indian official.

Asked about the incident, Bangladesh technical delegate and secretary of the Bangladesh Badminton Federation Ahmed Rana said, “We are not aware of this. But we will inquire and get it corrected.”

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