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Indian Olympic Association calls SGM for clarity on president election criteria

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has already set into motion the process of electing a new set of office bearers and November 29 has been set as the last date of filing nomination papers.

other sports Updated: Nov 22, 2017 15:09 IST
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N Ramachandran is the incumbent president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) (Getty Images)

The Indian Olympic Association has called a Special General Body Meeting in New Delhi on November 29 to “discuss and interpret” the eligibility criteria for election to the post of president and secretary general ahead of the December 14 polls.

The IOA has already set into motion the process of electing a new set of office bearers and November 29 has been set as the last date of filing nomination papers.

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The development will add fuel to speculation that International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Narinder Batra could contest for the post of president. Incumbent president N Ramachandran has already declared himself out of the race.

It is also learnt that current IOA treasurer and former All India Tennis Association (AITA) chief Anil Khanna is also in the fray for the post of president. Besides, three candidates could file nominations for the post of treasurer.

“In accordance with the decision of the Executive Council meeting of the IOA held on 9th November 2017 in Chennai and in reference to the letter dated 8th November 2017 received from the IOC, a special GBM of the IOA is hereby called under section VIII (i) of the IOA Constitution,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta said in the IOA notice.

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The SGM will be held at 11am at the IOA headquarters in New Delhi. Interestingly, the filing of nominations to elect the office bearers will be closed at 2pm the same day.

The top agenda of the SGM is to “discuss and properly interpret the meaning” of Clause XI (1) (c) in the light of Clause XXXI (e) and based on elections held after the 2013 amendment of IOA statutes.

IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said that a person who was in the preceding executive council (just prior to 2014-17) will also be eligible to contest for the top two posts.

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“We should remember that when the IOA elections were held in February 2014 under the guidance of the IOC, the members of executive councils of 2008-12 and 2012-14 were allowed to contest elections and so this time also those in the executive councils of 2012-14 and 2014-17 would be allowed to contest elections (for president and secretary general),” Mehta told PTI.

Mehta said that the SGM has not been called to amend the clause relating to the eligibility criteria for the post of president and secretary general but to bring clarity on the issue.

There has been speculation that Batra, who was elected as FIH president last year, could throw his hat into the ring now that Ramachandran has opted out and the likes of Abhay Singh Chautala are not eligible to contest elections, though he has not dropped any hints to do so till now.

First Published: Nov 21, 2017 20:15 IST