Telangana Olympic battle reaches flashpoint

Telangana Olympic battle reaches flashpoint
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The Olympian battle for one-upmanship is back to haunt every sportspersons from Telangana State. The running battle between the two factions that are claiming the official body tag is heading for a flashpoint. In fact, as things stand, such a tragic turnaround is likely to hit the Andhra Pradesh Olympic Association as even there two factions are claiming legal sanctity. 

Hyderabad: The Olympian battle for one-upmanship is back to haunt every sportspersons from Telangana State. The running battle between the two factions that are claiming the official body tag is heading for a flashpoint. In fact, as things stand, such a tragic turnaround is likely to hit the Andhra Pradesh Olympic Association as even there two factions are claiming legal sanctity.

Olympic Association of Telangana (OAT) President Prof K Ranga Rao and Secretary Dr S R Prem Raj on Saturday showed copies of a letter written by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N Ramachandran granting official affiliation to OAT. This was vehemently opposed by the panel heading Telangana Olympic Association (TOA) in which Lok Sabha member AP Jithender Reddy and long-serving administrator K Jagadishwer Yadav are the President and General Secretary.

Prof Rao maintained that the TOA application was summarily dismissed by N Ramachandran even as Yadav questioned the credulity of the IOA President when such crucial decisions ought to have been taken by the General Body. Yadav wondered why the IOA Secretary-General Rajeev Mehta was maintaining a stoic silence despite the unilateral decisions that were being taken by Ramachandran.

Prof Rao said “there was no observer when the TOA elections were held in April 2015, whereas our elections were overseen by an IOA Vice-President.”Meanwhile, OAT is hopeful of occupying the massive building housing the Olympic body even as Yadav is readying to take both Ramachandran and Mehta to court for having committed legal sacrilege. ‘Having violated the High Court ruling, they have committed contempt of court,’ Yadav said. One has certainly not heard the last of this kissa kursi ka.

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