IOA President discusses Asian Beach Games 2020 with OCA President

Ramachandran is in the Turkmenistan capital in connection with the inauguration of the Asian Indoor and Martial Games which is being held there from September 17 to 27.

India's bid of hosting the Asian Beach Games in 2020 would be subject to the Union Government's approval, Ramachandran said.   -  SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY

The president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) N. Ramachandran had a discussion on the possibility of India hosting the Asian Beach Games in 2020 with the Olympic Council of Asia, Mr Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) on Sunday.

Ramachandran is in the Turkmenistan capital in connection with the inauguration of the Asian Indoor and Martial Games which is being held there from September 17 to 27 as also the OCA's General Assembly which is scheduled there on September 20.

A decision on the allotment of the Beach Games is expected to be taken at the General Assembly. India's bid would be subject to the Union Government's approval, Ramachandran said.

India is also a participant in the ten-day Indoor Games in Ashgabat. The IOA President said he had also discussed with the OCA President the India contingent's participation in this Games. Other development activities of the IOA also came up in the discussion, he added.