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Fresh IWF elections soon: IOA

other Updated: Nov 17, 2009 23:52 IST

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday said fresh elections would be held to reconstitute the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), officials of which resigned en masse after six lifters flunked dope tests.

“The IWF has requested the IOA to take appropriate action and fresh elections will be held soon,” IOA president Suresh Kalmadi.

Under pressure from Sports Minister MS Gill and the IOA following a series of dope flunks by country’s lifters, the entire executive committee of the IWF resigned during its emergency meeting here on Monday.

The international weightlifting federation will decide India’s fate in its executive board meeting in Korea on Wednesday. Under international rules, a national body may be handed a maximum of four-year ban with fines if three or more lifters return positive for banned substances in a calendar year.

If a ban of more than a year is imposed, India will have to face the ignominy of being barred from fielding its lifters in the 2010 Games.

Kalmadi said the IOA had set up a fact-finding committee soon after the doping scandals came to light.

“Due to the doping violations, the IOA formed a fact-finding committee that has already submitted its report,” Kalmadi said.