Kalmadi not sacked; IOA won't boycott Olympics

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 02, 2012 09:38 hrs

NEW DELHI: Indian Olympic Association has decided not to sack its tainted president Suresh Kalmadi, who has not formally resigned from the post yet, according to media reports on Friday.

Faced with intense pressure from the IOC to act against Kalmadi, the IOA's Executive Board meets on Friday to decide the fate of its tainted president.

The acting president of IOA, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, will continue to head the body.

Indian Olympic Association secretary general Randhir Singh said that the IOA has not taken any decision to boycott the Games.

"IOA has not taken any such decision. We don't want the athletes to suffer. We are here for the interest of the athletes. Athletes have been training for so many years, we have not taken any such decision," said Singh.

The IOC has written three letters to the IOA, threatening to act on its own if the national sports apex body does not explain what action it was planning to take against Kalmadi who is facing corruption charges related to the Commonwealth Games.

The run-up to the crucial meeting has been marked by bitter internal wranglings between the pro-Kalmadi and the rival factions and Friday's meeting is expected to be stormy.

Despite the pressure from the IOC, Kalmadi, who spent nine months in jail because of corruption charges in the hosting of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has not resigned from the IOA president's post.

The sacked Commonwealth Games OC chairman had recently shot off a letter to IOA acting-president VK Malhotra, stating that he will not exert his rights and obligations as president of the IOA.

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