The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has asked international sports federations (IF) to examine the "complicated" situation in India in the wake of the Indian Olympic Association's (IOA) suspension and take appropriate action to "protect the autonomy of national federations" in the country.
"We recommend each IF to carefully examine the situation of its national federation in India in the light of the following criteria, in particular: Whether the national federation is affected by government interference in its internal operations (and the potential implications of the Sports Code and/or any other government regulations over the national federation)," the IOC wrote in its letter.
"Whether the national federation is in a position to exercise its activities in accordance with its own statutes, the IF regulations and basic principles which govern the Olympic movement," the letter added.
Stricter AIBA action likely
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) might be forced to initiate stricter action against the provisionally-suspended Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) if it fails to hold re-elections.
Suspended due to the IOC's ban on the IOA and for "possible manipulation" in its September polls, the IABF has been told to hold re-elections and amend its constitution to make it compliant with the AIBA statute.
AIBA had provisionally suspended the Indian federation on December 6. Earlier, AIBA had made it clear that it would not communicate with the new body but with the old set up, which had Abhay Singh Chautala as president. In the new body, Chautala has been nominated the chairman.