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Indian Olympic Association meets country’s new sports minister

Date : 12 Jun 2019

New Delhi, India, June 12, 2019: Indian Olympic Association secretary general Rajeev Mehta held discussions last Saturday with the country’s new sports minister Kiren Rijiju on several issues including assistance for athletes in the run-up to Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the International Olympic Committee’s ban on India from hosting global events.

“IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta met the Hon. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and held discussions on support needed for National Sports Federations, increased assistance for athletes’ preparations for Tokyo 2020 and governance matters including IOC’s decision,” the Indian Olympic Association tweeted.

Rijiju, who took over as sports minister last week, had ensured that he would work with the athletes and federations collectively as a team to bring about a revolution in sports in India.

In February, the IOC suspended all Indian applications to host future events and urged international sports federations not to stage competitions in the country after two Pakistani shooters were denied visas to compete in New Delhi at the World Cup.

The IOC said the denial of visas was against the principles of the IOC Charter.

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