Jamshedpur: After a successful 34th National Games, the Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA) has expressed its willingness to host the South Asian Federation (SAF) games next year in the state.

"We have world-standard infrastructure and branded equipment and the state is prepared to host the games if alloted to us," secretary of JOA, S M Hashmi, said on Saturday.

"We have written to the officiating president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Vijay Kumar Malhotra and secretary general Raja Randhir Singh after JOA at a special general meeting unanimously passed resolution expressing willingness to host the SAF games in Jharkhand," Hashmi said.

During the annual general meeting (AGM) of IOA held at Ranchi in 2005, its officials promised to allot the SAF games to Jharkhand if it could successfully conduct the 34th  National Games, the secretary revealed.

The Jharkhand government, he said, had successfully conducted the 34th National Games, and it was now the turn of the IOA to keep its promise.

There would be no problem in accommodating around 3000 sportspersons including 500 officials from participating countries, Hashmi insisted.

Asked about the possible dates for the SAF Games, Hashmi said the London Olympics were scheduled for mid-2012 and the host country would decide the dates for the SAF games accordingly.

(Agencies)