PANJIM: The fate of hosting National Games in Goa will be decided at the Indian Olympic Association Executive Committee meeting to be held on March 27 at 11 a.m. in New Delhi.
Goa Olympic Association’s (GOA) general secretary Gurudatta Bhakta, who will be representing the State as an executive committee member, while speaking to Herald informed that Sports Secretary J Ashok Kumar will take the call on dates for holding the Games.
When asked about the 10 crore penalty to be implemented by the IOA, Bhakta said that the GOA has already requested that the same has to be withdrawn and the doors should be kept open for negotiations.
It may be recalled that the Games, scheduled to be held from March-April, had been postponed raising concerns over the ‘peculiar situation’ due to the by-elections and Lok Sabha elections in the State in February/March which could affect the organizing of the Games.
After which IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta had said that it would consider shifting the Games out of the State if it does not show commitment to host them. Mehta also said that the IOA will impose a penalty of Rs 10 crore on Goa if it does not hold the Games as scheduled.
“We are not happy. It seems they (Goa) lack in commitment. We have already started discussions with the Chhattisgarh government on whether they can host the Games this year. We will call a meeting of the IOA executive committee in the coming days to decide on this National Games issue,” Mehta had said.