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Sports bodies in power war

Ranchi, Aug. 9: With National Games preparations having gathered momentum, members in different sports associations are now up against each other for power positions.

The first to receive the knockout punch is the secretary of Jharkhand Amateur Boxing Association J.C. Vyas.

At the annual general meeting Vyas, who claims to have support of six district associations, was surprised when he discovered that there were 45 individual members to counter his six district votes.

Now Vyas is soliciting the help of the Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA) top brass to bail him out. And in this effort he met the JOA secretary-general S.M. Hashmi and others at the JOA office here this evening.

The next to get the axe is the state Table Tennis association secretary Jai Kumar Sinha. It was a silent coup effected by B.C. Thakur. On July 24, while Sinha and others were playing a football match against a Media XI at Birsa Stadium, Thakur was busy conducting an emergency meeting of the association in Dhanbad.

But Sinha has countered that coup attempt by holding another meet on August 7 in Ranchi. Thus there are two contending groups for controlling the affairs of the association, the JOA senior official said.

This latest development is being taken to the JOA chief R.K. Anand, Rajya Sabha MP.

It would be worth recalling here that already the state has two hockey associations, one led by former DGP T.P. Sinha and the other led by Congress MP Rameshwar Oraon, also a former police officer. 'With the tender for contract to build the National Games 2007 about to be finalised, and the host city contract being on verge of being finalised, these intra-association feuds for power do not make for healthy development,' said a JOA official.

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