Amend constitution or face action, IOC warns IOA

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Nov 16, 2013 00:32 IST

Officials of the suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) need to go back to the boardroom again as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected the proposed amendments to the IOA’s constitution on tainted administrators, made during its extraordinary general body meeting on October 27.

In his letter, Christope de Kepper, IOC’s director-general, said, “Complete the process of amendments prior to the IOC executive board meeting on December 10 or the IOC board might consider further action against the suspended IOA, including a proposal to withdraw IOC recognition at the next IOC session.”

To safeguard the interests of tainted officials, the IOA in its extraordinary body meeting had diluted the proposed amendments stating that the IOA’s ethics commission would look into the issue.

“Such members will not be eligible to run for IOA elections and will be provisionally suspended from the IOA until a final ruling is made,” the IOC said in its letter.

Next move

Abhey Singh Chautala, president of the suspended IOA, said, “Members will meet and discuss the issue. We will then think of the next step,” he said.

The IOA’s request for a meeting in Lausanne was also rejected. In its two-page letter, the IOC has mentioned that it will not compromise on the basic principles of good governance.

“We are looking ahead at a long-term solution which is beyond personal interests,” the letter said.


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