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New Delhi: Expressing confidence that the 1 July deadline for submitting bids for the 2019 Asian Games will be met, the Indian Olympic Association on Friday sought clarifications from its parent Asian body on various issues, including crucial financial aspects of the multi-sport event.

In a letter to the Olympic Council of Asia, IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta also requested the OCA to send a senior official to help expedite the final bid submission process.

“We are also ready to make a detailed presentation to the government regarding the final bid and we will submit it tomorrow to the ministry. We are hoping that we can beat the 1 July final bid submission deadline," Mehta told PTI.

The letter addressed to OCA director general Husain Al-Musallam requested the draft format of guarantees on tax exemptions, custom duties and public relations campaign for $15 million (about 90 crore).

Regarding the distribution of marketing revenues, the IOA asked the OCA to provide the revenue estimates under the marketing programme of the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, besides the full marketing guidelines, including broadcasting and ticketing.

Mehta also wanted to know whether there were draft formats for letters of support from the Delhi government, sports ministry and leader of opposition and requested the Asian body to send them if there were any.

He also sought clarification on the allocation of $30 million to OCA broadcast services for host broadcast of the games. The IOA wanted to know whether the entire broadcast production and International Broadcast Centre will be taken care of by the OCA broadcast services within this expenditure.

The letter asked whether it was the final expenditure or only a budget estimate, and whether the payment would be made to the OCA or to a third party, Mehta said.

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