The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Monday finally fell in line with threats from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and announced Nov 25 as the date for its elections.
IOA´s secretary general Randhir Singh is likely to take on newly elected Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) chairman Abhay Chautala.
After the executive body meeting IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra told reporters that elections will be held Nov 25 and a General Body Meeting has been called on Oct 18 to announce the poll process.
"The IOC had asked us to furnish information on two issues, one, the date of elections and the other to ensure voting right majority of National Sports Federations whose disciplines are in included in Olympic Games in the electoral college of the IOA," Malhotra told a press conference.
"The Executive Board today unanimously decided to hold the elections on Novemeber 25. And for the second issue raised by the IOC, we have decided to form a standing committee to ensure that the NSFs whose sports are in Olympic Games have majorioty voting rights in the electoral college," he said.
"The GBM of the IOA will meet on October 18 to decide on the second issue (raised by IOC) and for the election process (to start). We will also appoint a retired judge of a High Court or Supreme Court as returning officer so that the elctions are held in a transparent way under the IOA constitution and IOC rules and guidelines," he added.
While Malhotra is still against IOC appointing observers for the elections, he said they are welcome.