GUWAHATI: Hosting the 12th South Asia Games (SAG) along with Assam is under threat in Meghalaya and the games technical committee too writing the conditions unsuitable for the event, and plans to shift the venue of badminton event from Shillong to Guwahati after the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has deputed national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand to carry out the final assessment of the venue and will inspect the Badminton Venue After Meghalaya’s Withdrawal Threat.
Gopichand, who was supposed to arrive at Shillong on Saturday had to reschedule his visit till January 13 after his flight from New Delhi was cancelled due to heavy foggy conditions, Meghalaya State Olympic Association working president John F Kharshiing told TOI.
“Gopichand’s view will be very crucial for us but we look forward positively for an early resolution of the impasse. We would certainly like to get on with the games,” Kharshiing said.
Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma has personally stepped in and is making all-out efforts to block the moves to shift badminton event out of Shillong. The state sports secretary has also written to the IOA and SAI against this move.
On Tuesday F Kharshiing sent out emails to director general of SAI Injeti Srinivas, CEO, 12th SAG 2016, Shillong, IOA president N Ramachandran, IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta and IOA joint secretary Rakesh Gupta seeking immediate intervention for resolving the crisis.
Union minister of state for sports and youth welfare Sarbananda Sonowal has also assured to intervene and said that the sentiments of the people of Meghalaya would have to be respected.