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Ratan Watal is new SAI Director-General

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, MARCH 1. Ratan Watal, 46, an Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS officer of the 1978 batch, has been appointed Director-General of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), New Delhi. He takes charge at the SAI's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Office on Thursday.

The State Government's clearance for his Union Government posting came on Tuesday afternoon. It also relieved him of the charge as the Managing Director of the Andhra Pradesh State Financial Corporation.

Mr. Watal has been credited with the successful conduct of the first Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad in 2003.

Watal had also worked on the ceremonial committee of the 2002 National Games in Hyderabad. Other prestigious assignments include serving as Private Secretary to former Prime Minister late P.V. Narasimha Rao between 1993 and 1996. On deputation to Washington for five years, he worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well. He was also Director, Sports and Youth Services, Andhra Pradesh.

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