The Sports Ministry had suspended PCI on February 2 for not holding elections on time, putting the hosting of the Para Shooting World Cup in jeopardy.
Singh told PTI on Monday that he has received information from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) that the PCI is the only “authorized” body to organize the country's first Para Shooting World Cup from March 6-15.
“We have received a communication from IPC today. They (IPC) have written to the Government of India and said that the NPC (National Paralympic Committee) is the sole agency for the Paralympic movement in India and we have been authorized to conduct the event,” Singh said.
“The World Cup is going on, there is no problem. We have spoken to the IPC and they have said that the National Paralympic Institution (PCI) is the nodal and sole agency to organize the World Cup here.
It is not yet known what will be the position of the government after the latest developments. Repeated calls and messages were sent to SAI Director General Sandeep Pradhan to get his reaction on the matter, but no response was received.
It could be a huge embarrassment for India if it does not host the tournament that offers 24 Paris Paralympic quotas. But, at the same time, the tournament cannot go ahead without government approval.
Singh said that IPC also wants the government and PCI to work together.
“We also want the same,” he said.
The ministry had suspended the PCI on January 31 after the four-year term of the office-bearers ended and as per government guidelines, elections should have been held before the end of the term.
The PCI had to hold the elections on March 28 due to the impending Para World Cup and said it had informed the ministry about it.
The ministry suspended the PCI after granting the No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the World Cup, and asked the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to form an ad-hoc committee to carry out the task in coordination with the IPC. By PCI”
Asked whether the IPC would agree on an ad-hoc committee to run the PCI, Singh replied in the negative.
“The IPC has not accepted theirs (the ministry's proposal for an ad-hoc panel) and will never accept it, as we have not breached any of the IPC's obligations. Singh claimed, the government has already given NOC to host the World Cup.
“But we will talk to the government and if there is good coordination between us, only then we can make the event a success.
“We will once again request the government to lift the suspension. We have written this earlier also but have not received any response from the government,” Singh said.
The Karni Singh Range belongs to the SAI and for such a large event the PCI will need to work in coordination with the government body to ensure that the facilities are in place for this prestigious event.
Another PCI official, on condition of anonymity, told PTI that there has been an overwhelming response to the World Cup and the national body is trying to arrange more hotel rooms for foreign shooters and officials.
“We had initially arranged for about 230 rooms in luxury hotels, but considering the reaction of the shooters, we will need 70 more rooms,” he said.
More than 500 pistol, rifle and shotgun shooters from 52 countries are expected to compete in the last tournament of the qualification cycle. Many top Indian para shooters are also in the fray.