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Olympic Day to be low-key affair

Guwahati, June 17: Olympic Day will be a low-key affair in the Assam Olympic Association (AOA) here on June 23, with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) being put under suspension by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The AOA, that met last evening to decide on the annual programme, decided to hold the event in a low-key manner irrespective of the IOA and other state Olympic associations’ take on it.

Sources in the AOA said they decided to hold the event with a view to keep the tempo of the Olympic movement in the state alive.

“When we approached the IOA for its stance on the day, we were neither denied permission nor directed to hold it. We were told that since the day was observed as International Olympic Day and the IOA was suspended by the IOC, it was irrelevant on the part of the IOA to observe the day. Therefore, the IOA told us we were free to observe it or skip it,” an AOA office-bearer said.

The AOA, too ,would not direct its affiliated district units to observe the day this time, the sources added.

Though the AOA has decided to observe the day, the customary mass jogging and the felicitation of performing sportspersons of the last year will be missing from the agenda for the day this time.

The day will be observed with a flag-hoisting at the AOA office and holding demonstration events in karate, judo, taekwondo and badminton at the RG Baruah sports complex in the first half of the day.

The day will culminate with a friendly football match between two local outfits at Sonapur on the outskirts of the city.

AOA directive

The Assam Olympic Association has instructed its affiliated state sports associations to organise their respective state championships by December and name their squads by January for the 35th National Games to be held in Kerala in February. The AOA will organise a combined conditioning camp here for about two weeks before the Games.