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IOA chief Abhay condemned for selfish conduct

PTI  Chandigarh, September 11, 2013
First Published: 13:37 IST(11/9/2013) | Last Updated: 14:15 IST(11/9/2013)

The Haryana assembly today condemned the "obstinate and selfish conduct" of MLA and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Abhay Singh Chautala "for causing incalculable damage to the career of sportspersons, sports bodies and the Olympic movement" of the country.

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In a resolution moved by state's Parliamentary affairs minister Randeep Surjewala, the House called upon the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to immediately implement the 'Model Sports Code' in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as well as in sports federations/ bodies of the country.

The code will ensure India's participation in all international events, secure the future of sportspersons and ensure a fair, just, equitable and morally appropriate administration of sports in India, the resolution said.

The ministry of sports and youth affairs had come out with the 'Model Sports Code?, prescribing definite guidelines with regard to eligibility of elections to the sports federations in India as also for holding fair and transparent elections, the resolution stated.

Unfortunately, all the tainted sports administrators-cum-politicians opposed the implementation of this code in the name of independence of Olympic Charter, it added.

The plea they took was that the model guidelines tantamount to interference in the independent working of the federations and IOA and that its affiliated federations are governed by International Olympic Committee-prescribed Olympic Charter, it said.

"They refuse to follow the law of the land in the guise of following the Olympic Charter, ignoring provisions relating to ethics," it stated.


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