League Notes: India Can't Provide Security To Indian Premier League Matches
The Indian Government on Tuesday "reiterated that it will not be able to provide security to this year’s Indian Premier League as its dates clash with general elections." Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, “We have conveyed to the BCCI that we will not be able to provide security to IPL matches. Our forces will be deployed for security of Lok Sabha elections. So, how we can give them forces" (PTI, 3/4). ... The in-fighting, claims and counterclaims by various warring factions in Indian boxing forced the Int'l Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) "to provisionally annul the membership of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation." The committee took the decision after "extensive evaluation and assessment of all issues surrounding the sport of boxing in India." The decision "was taken in accordance with article 18.2 of the AIBA Statutes" (MUMBAI MIRROR, 3/4). ... President of Asian Athletics Association Dahlan Al Hama said that youth development programs in schools and a new marketing strategy "will make Asia the future of athletics." He said, "Yes, the future of athletics is Asia. Definitely you have to say this. We already have Olympic champions from Asia. Our ambition is to have more" (THE PENINSULA, 3/4).