Chautala vows to lift IOA suspension

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 18:42 hrs

Abhay Singh Chautala, newly elected president of the 'suspended' Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Wednesday hoped that the new regime would soon find a middle path so that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspension is lifted soon.

Chautala said that the IOA will find a solution agreeable to both IOC and the government of India.

Chautala said he will soon form a committee that would present the IOA´s case to the IOC so that the suspension is lifted at the earliest.

"We will form a committee to resolve the issue of suspension. The members of the committee to meet the IOC will be named in a day or two. They will try to convince the IOC and hopefully we will get the suspension lifted," he said.

Chautala also said that a delegation of members will meet the sports minister and will try to convince the government of the problems IOA is facing due to the National Sports Development Code.

"We hope that we will be able to convince the IOC to reconsider the suspension. We will also meet the Sports Minister and the Prime Minster and plead before them to drop the Sports Code which had brought us to this situation. We will work to lift this suspension as soon as possible," he said.

He said the IOA was the victim of the tussle between the IOC and the government of India.

"We have completed a free and fair election under three eminent retired High Court Justices. I want to re-iterate that we have not done anything wrong by going ahead with the polls. We have to obey the law of the land."

"It was a unanimous decision of the House that we have done anything wrong. The IOA had to bear the brunt of the tussle between the government and the IOC. Now we will explain to the IOC the circumstances under which we had to go ahead with the elections," he said.

Lalit Bhanot, who was unanimously elected secretary general of IOA, will present his case before the IOC. He will explain the legal position of the corruption cases he is facing in connection with the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Bhanot, who is out on bail, said that he would quit from the post of IOA secretary general if he is proven guilty.

"I have not been proven guilty. I will quit if I am proven guilty by the law of the land," he said.

Bhanot has been charged by the CBI under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly wrongfully awarding contract to install the TSR system for the 2010 Games to Swiss Timing.

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