IOA to ask BCCI to reconsider their decision

Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 14:20 [IST]
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OCA not happy with BCCI decision

Kuwait: The Olympic Council of Asia(OCA) General Randhir Singh lashed out at the BCCI for the decision not to send teams to the Asian Games in China to be held later this year.

"I'm very, very disappointed. It really hurts because we were really keen to have cricket in this multi-discipline events," Randhir said.

He said he will write a letter to the BCCI on behalf of the International Olympic Academy(IOA) to reconsider the decision.

Randhir, also the Secretary General of Olympic Council of Asia, said the stigma was now on the Asian Cricket Council(ACC) to take up the matter with BCCI.

The 16th edition of the Games will be held in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to 27 and the BCCI's decision means loss of potential medals for the country.

Citing reasons that the Indian cricket team has other commitments, other international matches the BCCI made that announcement they won't be sending Indian team for the Asian Games.

"It will be a big embarrassment for OCA if India, where cricket is a religion, does not participate in the Asian Games," Randhir said.

"The ACC worked really hard to get cricket included in the Asian Games. So it is ACC's responsibility to take up the issue with the BCCI.

"This is particularly sad because cricket is a major sport in our country and we expected medals from the Asian Games.

"China built great facilities for cricket. So BCCI's decision is unfortunate because all other cricket playing Asian countries will participate," added Randhir.


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