The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will make changes to its constitution as sought by the international body when it holds its next AGM during the National Games in Jharkhand in February, its president Suresh Kalmadi said on Sunday.
He was responding to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) letter which wants changes to be made to ensure 34 sports federations have voting rights with only their presidents eligible to cast them.
“This issue came up because of the government guidelines issued for federations,” he said. The guidelines include barring sports chiefs from contesting for a third consecutive term as well as those who are above 70 years old.
Kalmadi said: “Randhir Singh (IOA secretary-general) had gone to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne with joint secretary in the sports ministry (Injeti Shrinivas). In that meeting held some time back, it was decided to reconstitute the constitution to regularise voting pattern in the IOA to make things uniform as it were.”
The changes can be made only in the next IOA general assembly and that would be held during the National Games in February.
“Whatever was the voting pattern, I was elected unanimously for the last two terms.”
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