Pay fine of Rs 10 crore to host National Games, IOA tells Goa

The clouds over the oft-postponed National Games in Goa continue to darken.

Published: 20th April 2019 10:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th April 2019 10:24 AM   |  A+A-

Mukesh Kumar

Express News Service

 CHENNAI: The clouds over the oft-postponed National Games in Goa continue to darken. The Indian Olympic Association, on Monday, circulated an internal letter, informing that conduct of the Games will be subject to the hosts paying a fine of Rs 10 crore.

It has been learnt that the letter to Mukesh Kumar, chairman of the Games technical conduct committee, says that there will be no waiver of the fine. “The hosting of the 36th National Games, Goa in 2019 wi­ll be subject to fulfilling the pe­nalty of Rs 10 crore as per the de­cision during the last meeti­ng of the IOA executive counc­il. Please note that there will be no waiver/reduction in penalty si­nce Goa has now defaulted on 3 occasions about their commi­t­ment on dates,” the letter says. It also asks the organisers to pr­opose new dates after consulting with state government.

Kumar, who was re-elected as general secretary of the Judo Association of Asia on Friday, confirmed the development. “IOA has already written to Goa to deposit the penalty. No waiver is possible. They have postponed the Games three times and the IOA EC (executive council) took the decision to impose the fine,” he said.

The fine was termed unfair by the Goa Olympic Association secretary Gurudutta Bhakta, who revealed that Kumar was yet to discuss this with them or the state government. “This kind of fine will be a deterrent for smaller states like Goa when it comes to hosting the Games,” he said.

“My state government has already put more than Rs 750 cro­res into building infrastructure for the Games and such a fine wo­uld be unfair on them. The po­stponements were not intentional; as you know, we lost our chief minister and elections were also declared. The government is ready to host the Ga­m­es.” If the state government en­ds up paying the fine, the Ga­mes are likely to be held between October and November.
Postponements are nothing new for the National Games with only two editions being held in the last 12 years. It looks like the next few editions will suffer the same fate. The original plan (made as far back as 2010) was for Chhattisgarh to host it in 2014 with the date currently standing at 2019.

Uttarakhand was supposed to host the edition after that in 2018 or 19 with Meghalaya signing a contract to host the 39th ed­­ition in 2022. With the Goa ch­apter dragging on, it is impossible that any of these editions will be on schedule.

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