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IOC sets September 1 deadline for IOA elections
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 25, 2013
First Published: 00:17 IST(25/5/2013)
Last Updated: 00:18 IST(25/5/2013)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday that election of the new office-bearers of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) should be completed before September 1, a week before its 125th session in Buenos Aires. During the session, IOC will elect its new president apart from discussing other issues related to the Olympic movement.

Instructions
In its communication to the government, IOA and its members, the IOC has made it clear that the procedure to elect the new body shall commence no later than July 15. An independent election commission comprising three members is expected to conduct the whole process.

Simultaneously, the IOC has also addressed the communication to the sports ministry and secretary, sports, who were present for the joint meeting with the IOC on May 15, at Lausanne. "The IOA shall hold an extraordinary meeting of its members before July 15, to review its constitution," Chris­tophe De Kepper, IOC director general, said in his letter.

The communication further stated:  "To ensure that all standards of good governance, ethics are effectively addressed and implemented in the new constitution, the proposals for amendments will come from the membership of the suspended IOA and from the IOC."

Apart from Vijay Kumar Malhotra, acting chief of the IOA, India's IOC member, Ran­dhir Singh, the roadmap has also been sent to the secretary-general of the suspended IOA and other officials of the apex body.

Coordination

The IOC insists that the proposals, which will be submitted at the extraordinary meeting, should be closely coordinated between the IOC member in India, IOC administration and a representative of the sports federation and members of the suspended IOA.

De Kepper has also mentioned that drafting of the new Sports Bill shall be undertaken in close coordination with the IOA and national federations in consultation with the IOC to ensure that it is compatible with the principles and rules of the Olympic movement.

The amendment of the IOA constitution and newly-elected body may not revoke India's suspension unless the IOC is satisfied that the whole process was fair and transparent.


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