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IOC asks IOA to make changes in constitution by mid-August

india Updated: Jul 30, 2010 20:13 IST

In directives that may lead to sweeping changes in the IOA's functioning, the International Olympic Committee has asked the Indian body to amend its constitution and take away the voting rights of the state Olympic committees to prevent manipulation in elections.

The IOC has recommended that the IOA report back to the parent body by mid-August after incorporating these changes in its constitution.

The IOC has directed the IOA to give voting rights to National Federations and debar the rights of state Olympic committees. The IOC also wants the IOA to conduct the polls with secret ballots to ensure free and fair polls.

In its communication, the IOC has asked the IOA to convene a General Assembly and adopt the recommendations, which pertain mainly to the composition of National Olympic Committees but does not mention the government's guidelines on term limitation and cap on age for the office bearers.

The move will surely give some sleepless nights to IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi, who called a hurriedly-arranged meeting of Sports Federations presidents yesterday to discuss the ramification of the proposed amendment.

"Over the years, the IOA has practiced a structure where it gave two votes to the state Olympic committee to garner and create artificial majority for its elections. These votes are easily purchasable so as to affect good governance," said an IOA official on condition of anonimity.

The IOC has also asked the IOA to create a Court of Arbitration and form an Ethics Commission to go into complaints against all office bearers, including president.

The Indian body has also been directed to constitute an Athletes Commission, comprising two members, who have the experience of playing in the last three Olympics.