We have not violated Olympic Charter in election process: IOA


"IOA has many a times called upon the government to scrape this ill-conceived Code. We met the Prime Minister last year and after that have been repeatedly voicing our concern to this so-called Code and other attempts by the government to interfere in the affairs of the IOA and NSFs," Malhotra said.

"The IOA was caught in a very piquant situation. On the one hand, the government of India had threatened it with de-recognition if it does not accept the Sports Code. The High Court had directed that elections should be conducted according to the IOA Constitution and Sports Code and the IOC has insisted that there should be no violation of its Charter and interference by the government," he said.

Malhotra also urged outgoing IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh, who withdrew from the race for president's post, to support in IOA efforts in sorting out the vexed issue but at the same time took a dig at him for creating confusion regarding the polls.

"I am surprised at the attempts being made by some disgruntled elements to create confusion regarding the elections. Before and after the elections were announced and till the last date of filing of nominations, nobody raised any objections on any ground. In fact, outgoing Secretary Generalhimself went to the Sports Ministry to get a letter from it saying that he is eligible to contest elections," said Malhotra.

"He (Randhir) was party to every IOA decision. It was he who used to call the meetings, write the minutes of the meetings and was privy to every correspondence IOA had with the government," he said.

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