Joining handsIn 2000, Randhir and Chautala had joined forces to topple the then IOA chief, Suresh Kalmadi, who was looking forward to another four-year term. The lobbying for the key post had begun during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games itself with Chautala inviting members of the Indian contingent to a lavish party.
At one point, it seemed the Chautala-Randhir group had virtually taken control of the IOA with the elections just a formality. The venue was hijacked to Panchkula in Haryana, the stronghold of the Chautalas.
Sources say Chautala's dream of becoming the IOA top boss came a cropper as Kalmadi tilted the contest in his favour at the last minute. The election venue was shifted to Delhi, and Kalmadi become president for a second term. He did accommodate Randhir as secretary-general, but the fault lines remained.
Chautala is again nurturing hopes of becoming the IOA chief and he has joined hands with Lalit Bhanot, a close Kalmadi aide. Kalmadi and Chautala, who used to be poles apart, have become staunch supporters to oust Randhir.