Sports ministry sets up panel to monitor major events

New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) As uncertainty remains on India's return to the Olympic fold, the sports ministry Wednesday formed a steering committee to monitor and coordinate the preparations related to major international sports events till the 2020 Olympic Games.

The committee headed by the secretary (sports) will work till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

The other members of the committee will be director-general of the Sports Authority of India, joint-secretary (sports), joint secretary (development), a government-appointed observer from the concerned discipline, a member of the national sports federation, a representative of the Indian Olympic Association, the chief coach of the concerned discipline, executive director (teams, SAI) and a co-opted member, if required.

The major functions of the committee will be to decide core probable, reviewing performance of the probables every three months and fast tracking decisions on funds.

The ministry had to take the step International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for failing to amend its constitution in a bid to keep tainted out chargesheeted officials from administrators of sports.

The IOC has asked the suspended IOA to ammend its constitution by Oct 31 and conduct fresh elections by Dec 15 to pave the way for its return to the Olympic fold.

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