IOA chief N Ramachandran tells The Indian Express why he wasn’t keen to bid for the 2019 Asian Games and how everyone is on the same page now. Excerpts.
What is the latest when it comes to submitting the bid for the 2019 Asian Games?
Today, we have written a joint letter to the minister of sports and the Lt Governor of Delhi to know their considered views. Once we receive a response, we will proceed with the bid process.
But you and secretary general Rajeev Mehta were not in agreement when it came to registering interest for the 2019 bid?
It is nothing like that. My only issue with the the situation was that we had very little time to register a serious bid and that’s about it. Once the majority of the federations decided that we should lodge an interest, we wrote to the the Olympic Council of Asia.
What about the mails that found their way to the media that suggested differences between you two weren’t true at all?
There is no fight between me and Mr Mehta. There is no question of either of us trying to sideline each other for control. What happened was that our internal mails were leaked out and it was painted as if both of us were fighting. Truth is, he is entitled to his personal views, I have mine. That was it, but yes there was a difference of opinion.
There is another matter regarding the confusion about who the IOA recognises when it comes to boxing. The adhoc committee or the newly-formed Boxing India?
There is absolutely no confusion. AIBA has the right to recognise anybody and my letter to them said the same. Now it was made out as if my letter was in support of one body over the other, which was not the case. We will deal with the matter when it comes to our house.