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IOC bans Indian Olympic Association over elections

posted 4 Dec 2012, 07:12 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 4 Dec 2012, 07:12 ]

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) bans the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) vis-à-vis elections that could result in a tainted official taking over as the only candidate for Secretary General.

NEW DELHIINDIA (DECEMBER 04, 2012) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has resolved to ban the Indian Olympic Association(IOA) vis-à-vis elections that could result in a tainted official taking over as the only candidate for Secretary General.

A source close to the IOC disclosed this to the Reuters on Tuesday (December 04).

The ban means an effective end to funding from the IOC to the national Olympic committee (IOA), no Indian officials attending Olympic meetings and Indian athletes banned from competing at the Olympics under their country's flag.

Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 months in custody last year following corruption charges that plagued the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and who is out on bail, was confirmed for the post on November 30 after the rival faction pulled out ahead of December 05 poll.

The IOC has been angered by government interference in the elections and had warned the IOA in a letter of a possible suspension.

The IOA has been directed by a Delhi court to hold the elections adhering to the government's sportscode, while the IOC wants the governing body to abide by the Olympic charter.

The IOC's Executive Board, which is meeting in LausanneSwitzerland, is expected to announce its decisions later in the day.

However, interim IOA chief, Vijay Kumar Malhotra said in New Delhi that he hadn't received any official communication from IOC so far although he acknowledged getting a letter on November 23.

"I don't know what exactly has happened. That is why it would be better for me not to comment much. If they have suspended us then it would cause major problems. They had written a letter to us on 23rd (November) and sought reply within seven days. On the same, I wrote to the Prime Minister about it," said Malhotra.

Politicians Abhay Singh Chautala, the lone presidential candidate who is set to become the new IOA chief after polls, called the decision of IOC as one-sided and wrong.

"I had written a letter on the behalf of federations that we would like to send a two-member committee to them and we sought time to explain our positions. We have not received any reply till now. It is a wrong decision and it is one-sided (arbitrary) decision. We will approach the IOC again," said Chautala.

Further he blamed his rival and IOC member Randhir Singh of misleading the international body on the issue and called for his withdrawal from the august body.

Randhir Singh pulled out of the IOA presidential race last month due to pressure.

"We will demand in the AGM (annual general body meeting) before the elections tomorrow (December 05) that Randhir Singh should be withdrawn from the International Olympic Committee (IOC)," addedAbhay Singh Chautala.

Meanwhile, India's Sports Minister, Jitendra Singh, also termed the decision of IOC as unfortunate and embarrassing for the sportspersons.

"It is more unfortunate for the sportspersons that is what I am really concerned about. I think it is embarrassing for the sportspersons and I am only concerned about the sportspersons. But let me get the details, I will get back to you," said Jitendra Singh in New Delhi.

The IOC has blamed non-cooperation by the Indian government and the IOA for the current situation.