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IOA try to get Bindra on board in bid to strengthen their case

Beijing Games gold medallist Abhinav Bindra is likely to be a part of the Indian delegation that will meet the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on May 15 with the agenda to bring the country back into the Olympic fold.

Written by Mihir Vasavda | Mumbai | Published: April 30, 2013 2:58 am

Beijing Games gold medallist Abhinav Bindra is likely to be a part of the Indian delegation that will meet the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on May 15 with the agenda to bring the country back into the Olympic fold.

The sports ministry has approached the shooter to be the athletes’ representative for the crucial meeting and sources said he has agreed in principle.

It is learnt that the ministry had also approached London Games bronze medallist and world No.2 Saina Nehwal to be a part of the team that will meet IOC representatives but the shuttler made herself unavailable because she is participating in a tournament.

“The ministry had approached Bindra some time back and he had replied in the affirmative. We are yet to get an official confirmation from him but it is very likely that he will travel to Lausanne,” the source said.

“Saina and boxer MC Mary Kom were the other two options that were considered,but they were not available. Saina has to play a tournament,while Mary has some family commitments.”

Bindra has been highly critical of IOA’s functioning and had said India’s suspension could prove to be a blessing in disguise for sports administration in the country. He was also supportive of the government’s sports code,which stresses on transparency and accountability for sports federations.

“If he becomes a part of the delegation,it will show that all the stakeholders of Indian sport are on the same page. We will be able to put up a united front to the IOC,” the source said.

Other members who will be a part of the delegation include sports minister Jitendra Singh,sports secretary P K Deb,acting president of the suspended IOA VK Malhotra,its general secretary Randhir Singh and Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra.

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