IOA divided ahead of meeting

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 20, 2012 23:28 IST

Despite the International Olympic Committee (IOC) warning the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) that it faces serious consequences if it doesn't announce election dates by September 25, IOA members differ on the IOC's role in the election procedure.

The IOC has also informed that the IOA has to accept its observer for the elections.

IOA acting president, VK Malhotra, feels the IOC has no business to interfere in the elections of the National Olympic Committee (NOC).

“The IOC doesn’t have a practice of sending observers across the globe when elections to a NOC are held, so why target the IOA?” he said ahead of the meeting next week.

Malhotra also said that he had informed the IOC that the date of the elections would be decided at the IOA’s executive board meeting on September 24.

SM Bali, a senior IOA official, concurred with Malhotra that the IOC should not interfere. But a member, who did not wish to be named, said there was nothing wrong if the IOC wanted to send an observer.

“There must be something wrong and that’s why the world body wants to oversee that proceedings are held in a transparent manner,” he said.

With the IOA a divided house ahead of the September 24 meeting, all’s not well with the country’s apex sports body.


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