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Big decisions have been taken at the Apex Council meeting

Big decisions have been taken at the Apex Council meeting © AFP

ResultView Original The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given conditional approval for Indian teams’ participation within the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. The all-powerful Apex Council of the BCCI decided at its meeting on Friday (April 16) that if the autonomy of the BCCI isn’t affected, it’ll allow the men’s and women’s teams’ participation within the l. a. Olympics in 2028.

The council has also been informed that the BCCI possesses the approval for visas of the Pakistan team and its media for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in India in October-November. the house Ministry will take a turn the permissions for the Pakistan fans, a requirement made by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani.

The BCCI has traditionally been wary of the potential influence of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in its functioning should it plan to send the teams to the Olympics. While the Board members have given the go-ahead for the participation within the Olympics in 2028 and therefore the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year, they need also decided to consult a couple of associations whose autonomy was preserved despite being an Olympic sport. “We don’t want to be bossed over by the IOA, that’s rock bottom line. we’ll seek clarity on the roles. The participation is subject to the BCCI’s identity and independence not being compromised,” a BCCI source told Cricbuzz.

As for the T20 World Cup , allotted to India, the BCCI will still consult the Foreign, Home and Finance Ministries on various issues but the board has been informed that the Pakistan team will haven’t any problem participating within the global event. PCB chief Mani has been demanding at various International Cricket Council forums that the Pakistan media and fans, besides in fact , the team should have a free entry into the country for the October-November tournament. While there’s clearance for the team and therefore the media, the question of fans remains not decided.

The point of pertinence here is that the incontrovertible fact that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and therefore the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have formally agreed to Japan’s request that the permission for the travel of foreign fans for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Games shouldn’t be insisted upon. This, however, is not any indication on Indian government’s decision. tons will depend upon the Covid situation within the country besides in fact the diplomatic equation, which seems to be thawing by the day.

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