‘IOC ban is huge disappointment’
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"Most of the federations and the committees are headed by politicians who have never played the sport themselves. We have been putting up this fact from the last many years and with this ban, the leaders and the members should understand this. The way the IOA conducted the elections was also not good and they suffered due to it"
Expressing his disappointment over the decision of International Olympics Committee (IOC) to ban the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), legendary hockey player Balbir Singh Senior said the it will be a big setback for Indian athletes. Singh, who is currently in Canada, followed the news on the internet and said the Indian sports administrators need to learn from this fiasco. Asserting his opinion, he felt that the IOC did the right thing by enforcing the ban.
"Personally, it comes as a disappointment. The IOC was following the developments happening in IOA closely and what they did was right. The administrators are like parasites for the Indian sport and they are in the organisation for their own gains. I am feeling bad for the athletes who will suffer the most," shared the 88-year-old former athlete, who won three gold medals as a member of the Indian hockey team in 1948 London, 1952 Helsinki and 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
The ban means no funding from the IOC to IOA, or no Indian officials attending Olympic meetings and also Indian athletes banned from participating in the games under the country's flag. According to the reports, IOC was angered by the government's interference in the elections and had warned the IOA about it in a letter earlier this year. The ban has put the IOA under scrutiny and Singh believes that it's the right time to clean up the mess in Indian sports.
"Most of the federations and the committees are headed by politicians who have never played the sport themselves. We have been putting up this fact from the last many years and with this ban, the leaders and the members should understand this. The way the IOA conducted the elections was also not good and they suffered due to it,"shared Singh, while speaking with Sportline from Toronto.
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