Olympic Day Run: District Olympic Association of Hyderabad Telangana

An ‘Olympic Day Run’ should have been a grand event being the first after the formation of the Telangana State, but it seems unlikely now.

There is confusion in the sports fraternity ahead of the annual event, which is organised every year on June 23 Indian Olympic Association’s guidelines to spread the spirit of the Olympic movement itself.

Two warring groups are causing all the trouble. While the officially recognised Olympic Association of Telangana (OAT), headed by Prof. K. Ranga Rao, announced that the Run would be flagged from different centres by sports personalities such as S.M. Arif, Dennis Swamy, Mir Khasim Ali, G. Mulini Reddy, Olympian Zulfiquar Ali (football) and valedictory function at Fateh Maidan Indoor Stadium around 8 a.m.

Yet, the District Olympic Association of Hyderabad, owing allegiance to the A.P. Jitender Reddy-led Telangana Olympic Association (which doesn’t have IOA affiliation) and headed by B. Vijay Kumar Yadav announced its own plan to conduct the Run at the same time and the same venue!

It even lined up big Ministers such as T. Padma Rao, D. Jagadish Reddy, other than Mr. Reddy (an MP), as also MLAs Dr. K. Laxman and Raja Singh – both from BJP.

Even more bizarre, both guest lists have Sports Authority of Telangana VC & MD A. Dinakar Babu as one of the guests.

Prof. Ranga Rao claimed they were given in writing, permission by the SAT to use the stadium.

Mr. Yadav of TOA, insisted that even in the days of unified APOA it was the local district body which used to conduct the event.

He pleaded ignorance about the permission letter given to the other group by SAT to use the same venue for the valedictory function. “I don’t think there will be any clash of interests or personalities at the event.

The only interesting thing is what will be the backdrop of the dais for the event,” he said, with a wry smile.

It becomes a bone of contention between two groups, which announced their own plans on the same day at the same venue