New Delhi: With the National Sports Federations being served notices of eviction for not paying rent for their office spaces, the IOA has written a letter to the sports ministry to immediately re-allot rooms at the SAI stadia where they were earlier housed.

“The NSFs were asked to vacate the stadia premises to facilitate renovation/reconstruction prior to the Commonwealth Games 2010 and were provided temporary accommodation in the NDMC premises on rental basis. The rent was being paid on the account of the Organising Committee of the CWG,” stated IOA acting president VK Malhotra in a letter to Sports Minister Ajay Maken.

“Now all the five SAI stadia have been handed over back to SAI and there are large rooms lying vacant. I had written several letters to your predecessor prior to the CWG and after that to re-allot office space to the NSFs to enable them to set up their offices once again in SAI Stadia, especially in view of the fact that Organising Committee of the CWG-2010 has stopped paying the rent to NDMC and NDMC in turn, served notices to all NSFs to vacate the premises immediately,” he added.

Emphasising on working in tandem with NSFs to achieve the common goal of winning international medals, Malhotra said, “For winning medals it is necessary that all the NSFs are given appropriate office space.”

He further stated that the Sports Ministry must honour its prior commitments.

“It is needless to mention that Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports should honour its prior commitment of allotting Office space to National Sports Federations in SAI Stadia and immediately allot Office space. Also in order to put these Stadia to optimum use, it should be allotted to the concerned NSFs to organise National and International events, otherwise the international standard stadia will decay and turn into ruins like IG stadium and JN stadium after the 1982 Asian Games,” he wrote.

“If effective measures were not taken for maintenance, management and optimum utilisation of the Stadia for promotion of sports, they would once again meet the same fate. So it is necessary that NSFs are also taken into confidence and use these Stadia for promotion of disciplines for which they are constructed,” he added.

(Agencies)