Starting this week, there could be more ugly scenes at the Olympic Bhawan, which is the seat of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in the Capital.
There is confusion on whether the newly-elected president of IOA, Abhey Singh Chautala, and his team will be able to make use of the premises to carry out their day-to-day functioning, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced IOA's December 5 polls null and void.
A day after the elections, members of Chautala's team were present to oversee the administrative set-up, but come Monday, fresh drama could unfold if the previous IOA team of Randhir Singh (secretary-general) and Vijay Kumar Malhotra (acting president) whom the IOC recognises, check-in to make use of the set-up. It is learnt that Randhir Singh will vacate his room. What happens to the other members, only time will tell.
IOA senior vice-president, Virendra Nanavati, has his fingers crossed, but said the election procedure was as per the Delhi High Court's order. The IOA's administrative office has not been constructed with IOC funds and the newly-elected members feel as an elected body it has the right to use the premises.
“The IOA is registered under the Society Act. How can members be stopped from using the office?” he told HT over the phone. Apart from uncertainty over the administrative set-up, Chautala and his team are faced with the daunting task of operating the two bank accounts of the IOA.
Immediately after taking over office, Chautala and his team had made efforts to operate the two accounts in Andhra Bank and Indian Bank, but when the banks were shown the IOC letter, which stated that the world body doesn't recognise the newly-elected team and that IOC funds can't be used, the operation of the accounts are on hold.
The confusion, says Nanavati, should be over soon. “We wouldn't touch the IOC funds, that is for sure. But we hope the world body will not have an issue on the use of funds from other sources.”
Lack of financial transactions, however, will also have an impact on the salary of the IOA staff, which numbers over a dozen. While November's salary has been disbursed, the staff is worried about December. "We hope that by the end of this month the bank issue is sorted out," said an office staff.
Dialogue with govt
“It is not possible to discuss the issue with the government without the approval of the IOC," said Randhir Singh.