STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Jammu sports fraternity on Sunday felicitated Dr. Narender Dhruv Batra, President Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and President International Hockey Association for his unique achievement in the world of sports, thus bringing laurels to his homeland. “It is gratifying and heart-warming to see son of soil touching new heights in sports arena at the strength of his dynamism, devotion to sports and high qualities of leadership”, the various speakers summed up the elevation of Dr Batra in key sports managements of the country and the world at large. Dr. S M Bali Joint Secretary IOA and President J&K Ice Hockey Association profusely welcomed Dr. Narender Dhruv Batra at an impressive function. He lauded his achievements and greeted Dr Batra for taking the reign of coveted IOA and IHF, hoping that India will bring record breaking performance in the Olympic Games at Tokyo. Bali apprised Dr Batra about the non-functioning of J&K Olympic Association in the UT of J&K. He said that JKOA is not functioning in the transparent manner for the past 45 years. “As per the Olympic discipline, those affiliated with the NSF are not allowed to participate in any activities of the JKOA”, he said and described the election process of JKOA as illegal. “JKOA has neither organised games at the apex level nor any district Olympic unit is functioning in the UT of J&K which is adverse to the policies of MYAS and IOA”, he maintained. Speaking on the occasion, Vikram Handa Secretary Basketball Association also highlighted the one-man show of Ashutosh Sharma. “He is holding more than eight associations while flouting the norms of IOA and J&K Government”, he added. Sidharth Sharma, Wasim Raja, Deepak Handa and Kuldeep Magotra also highlighted the problems being faced by them with regard to JKOA. Dr. Narender Dhruv Batra assured the members of over 16 J&K Associations that he will look into these issues seriously and deal with the situation as per the IOA charter. He said all the left out Olympic sports associations will be included in the JKOA member list for the forthcoming election of JKOA. Prominent among those present on the occasion include Raj Daluja, Kuldeep Magotra, Deepak Handa, Sidharth Daluja, Vikram Handa, Sidharth Sharma, Dr. Nirmolak Singh, Vijay Saraf, Ashwani Raina, Wasim Raja, Nasir Khan, Adil Ayoub, Kuldeep Jamwal, Vikas, Rahil Gupta, Ambedkar Gupta, Vivek Gupta, Kuldeep Handoo, Sudhir, Tarseem, Atul, Danish, Arun Khanna, Gurdeep Singh Bakshi and Mohsin Khanday.
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