IOC suspends Indian Olympic Association, flays govt role

Abhay chautala

IOA acting chief V K Malhotra said that they have been pressing the government not to impose the Sports Code on the IOA for the last two years but it has not paid any results.

"We had written to the Prime Minster on November 23 that such a thing could happen but there was no reply. The government is responsible for this," he said.

"We want that the government, the IOC and the IOA sit together and resolve the issue so that the suspension on India is lifted. We had no option but to hold the elections under the Sports Code because of the High Court order," he said.

India earns the dubious distinction among a handful of countries which have faced suspension from the world sports governing body.

South Africa had been suspended for its apartheid policy while Kuwait faced the same fate for government interference before it was re-admitted after the Gulf country's Olympic body amended its constitution.

The Netherlands Antilles and South Sudan were also banned for not forming their national Olympic Committees.

The development sparked off outrage among India's top athletes who expressed anguish at the IOC decision. Some of the former athletes like sprinter Ashwini Nachappa and shooter Moraad Ali Khan who blamed the squabbling within the IOA for the fiasco.

The IOC had last week made it clear that it would propose the suspension of the IOA in its Executive Board Meeting if the IOA elections are held under the government's Sports Code.

In a letter written by IOC Director General Christophe de Kepper to IOA acting chief V K Malhotra, the world body rejected IOA's request to send an international delegation to resolve the issue and said it would initiate the process of suspending the Indian sports body.

The world body reiterated its directive to the IOA as expressed in its letter on November 23 to present its position to the IOC by November 30 or face suspension.

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