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Volume 6 No. 214


The Indian Olympic Association has decided to go ahead with its Exec Council meeting on Saturday, undeterred by the IOC's "refusal to recognise it," according to the PTI. The move "could put National Sports Federations in a spot in the wake of the world body’s warning not to deal with the IOA." The IOC, in its letter addressed to IOA acting President V.K. Malhotra, had warned the NSFs not to associate with the current office-bearers led by IOA Secretary General Abhay Singh Chautala whom the world body described as "illegitimate individuals." However, in a "circular to the heads of NSFs and state Olympic bodies, a defiant" Chautala said that the meeting would be held as scheduled. Chautala said, "In the Executive Council Meeting to be held on January 19, our endeavour will be to get back into the IOC, and we would like to discuss this letter, so that appropriate action can be taken by us in this regard" (PTI, 1/15). National Olympic Committee Relations Dir Pere Miro said, "Take all necessary measures against these individuals at national level (including any appropriate legal action) to stop their illegal activities with immediate effect and to protect the interests and assets of the suspended IOA" (IANS, 1/14).

The fate of Sochi's Olympic venues after the 2014 Winter Olympics "must come in the scrutiny of Russian government," according to XINHUA. Russia Head of the Audit Chamber Sergei Stepashin said, "Sochi Olympics is a unique project but we are worrying about the post-Olympics heritage." Stepashin added that the Audit Chamber was going to address President Vladimir Putin over the future of these venues. Stepashin: "We are concerned with what will happen (with them) after the Olympics are over, who will maintain these venues, what the cost will be and how to make them pay off though partly." According to the official, "no Olympic venue in the world has ever reimbursed the expenses for its construction." He estimated the annual cost of maintaining sporting facilities at 60B rubles ($2B), which was "too expensive" (XINHUA, 1/15).

Poland President Bronislaw Komorowski said that the organization of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Poland's Krakow and Zakopane is "possible only in cooperation with Slovakia in Bialka Tatrzanska, southern Poland,." Komorowski said that he would meet the presidents of the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Poland's Wisla next week to "discuss the organization of 2022 Winter Olympics" (XINHUA, 1/15). ... The Int'l Paralympic Committee has announced Doha, Qatar will stage the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships. The event will be the last major gathering of top int'l athletes before the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games and is expected to attract around 1,300 of the world's best athletes from 90 countries. The event will take place in March '15 (IPC).