IOA defies IOC, goes ahead with election

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"I had requested them (the IOA) personally that please incorporate this sports code in your constitution and none of this (the ban) would have happened", Singh said.

Meanwhile, top officials of the IOA said they do not have immediate plans to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to challenge the suspension.

"We do not have anything against the IOC as well as the government. We do not have any fight with them, it's the fight between the government and the IOC. So we are not thinking of going to the CAS to challenge the IOC decision," a top IOA official said

"We are planning to meet the PM again as well as the sports ministry officials. We have also sought a meeting with IOC officials in which the government officials should take part as well. We hope the IOC will reconsider its decision after considering all the facts," he said.

The official said the IOA had to go ahead with the AGM despite IOC's objection as it is an organisation under the Registration of Societies Act.

"The term of the current executive committee had expired in October and we cannot delay the election for long. If we do that the administrator under the Act will dissolve the executive board. So a new body will have to be elected under the Indian law," the official explained.

Malhotra said the IOA has sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention in the matter.

"I had already written to the PM to intervene into the matter. We are hoping to sort the issue by sitting together with the representatives of IOC, IOA and the government. We have to find a common ground between the Olympic charter, sports code and the Delhi HC order," he said.

In a major embarrassment for India, the IOC yesterday suspended the IOA because of government interference in its election process.

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