June 1 - India's National Sport Federations (NSFs) today made it clear that they will not back down in the row which is threatening the country's participation in the London 2012 Olympics.

A number NSFs, including judo, rowing and table tennis, met in New Delhi today to discuss the Government's controversial plans to limit the length of time senior officials can serve in their posts.

The row has escalated since India's Sports Minstry wrote to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last month accusing Randhir Singh, the secretary general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), of misleading them and trying to protect his position.

The Olympic Council of Asia has protested to the Indian Government over the letter and the matter is set to be discussed at the next meeting of the IOC's ruling Executive Committee, where India could be suspended from international competition.

But the NSFs are refusing to back down and accept Government proposals that would restrict the tenure of Presidents of the NSFs and the IOA to 12 years, that of the secretaries and treasurers for eight years in one stretch and that all executives should retire by the age of 70.

Singh said: "We [the IOA] had a meeting with Delhi-based national federations where the government guidelines came up for discussion.

"Everyone was firm on their stand and rejected the Government's guidelines."

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