The joint meeting called by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, is just 20 days away, but the deadlock between the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) acting president, VK Malhotra, and the sports ministry persists.
The national Olympic committee (NOC) was suspended on December 5 for violating the Olympic Charter, and the Indian delegate, comprising officials from the ministry and IOA, are supposed to meet the IOC on May 17 in an attempt to bring India back into the Olympic movement.
With time running out, the IOA and ministry are yet to chalk out an agenda for the proposed meeting, thus hinting at another postponement or drawing a blank in front of the world governing body.
“No date has been fixed to meet the sports minister,” said Malhotra when asked about the proposed meeting. Malhotra had earlier postponed the April 18 meeting, saying it would happen shortly. On Friday, he didn’t shed light on the proposed agenda or meeting. “Not sure when it will take place,” he said, adding that since there hadn’t been any discussions, “he has nothing to disclose”.
On April 17, IOC member, Randhir Singh, had met the sports minister, Jitendra Singh, to discuss the IOA’s suspension. The following day, Malhotra was supposed to hold discussions with the government.
Despite the IOA chief keeping his cards close to the chest, secretary, sports, PK Deb, is hopeful of putting up a common front during the May 17 meeting. “We are close to finding a solution and all the stakeholders will be on a common platform,” he told HT.
He, however, did not share the repercussions of not preparing a joint draft for the upcoming meeting. “We plan to go to Lausanne on May 17,” was all he said. The joint meeting between the Indian team and IOC has already been postponed thrice.
The immediate effect of the fall out was the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation getting suspended by the international body.