IOC suspends Indian Olympic Association

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 04, 2012 18:38 hrs

Laussane, Switzerland/New Delhi, Dec 4 (IBNS): In a major blow to India's Olympic dreams, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday suspended the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) due to government interference in election process, reports said.

Pertinently, the IOA election will take place on Wednesday.

IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said the position is such that they will be not be able to go against the government, the court or the IOC.

"We can only now hope to create an atmosphere where all three come on the same page to find a solution," he said.

The election meeting will go ahead as scheduled, a senior IOA official said.

Abhay Chautala, who is the only candidate for the post of IOA president in Wednesday´s election, said the election will take place.

The IOC last week warned the IOA and rejected its request of sending an international delegation to resolve the issue and threatened to initiate the process of suspending the Indian sports body.

IOC Director General Christophe de Kepper in a letter to IOA acting chief V K Malhotra reiterated the apex body´s directive expressed in its letter on Nov 23 to present its position to the IOC by Nov 30 or face suspension.

"The IOC and OCA will not send delegates to India at this stage. From your letter of 26 November, we came to the conclusion that the IOA and the Government authorities are unable to rectify the situation in order for the IOA elections to be conducted in line with the Olympic Charter and the IOA Constitution, as required by the IOC," de Keeper wrote.

"In view of the above, it is hereby confirmed that a proposal for suspension of the IOA will be presented to the IOC Executive Board at its next meeting on 4-5 December 2012, based on Rules 27.9 and 59.1.4 of the Olympic Charter," the letter said.

"As mentioned in the IOC/OCA letter of 23 November, the IOA is invited to provide all necessary explanations and to present its position in writing to the IOC no later than 30 November 2012," it said.

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