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IOC seeks report on Kalmadi

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has written to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), seeking a report on sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi's "current and exact situation before the courts of justice".
By HT Correspondent | PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2012 12:11 AM IST

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has written to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), seeking a report on sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi's "current and exact situation before the courts of justice".

In a letter addressed to the acting IOA president, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, the IOC has threatened to refer the case to its Ethics Commission at any moment, should the action taken by the National Olympic Committee (NOC) not have a satisfactory implication.

"It is our understanding that, to date, your NOC has not taken any action or measure with respect to Mr Kalmadi. We now ask you to send us a full and official report from your NOC about the current and exact situation of Mr Kalmadi before the courts of justice," the IOC letter stated.

"Depending on that situation, we assume that the competent organ(s) of your NOC would take the appropriate actions and decisions.

It is indeed the primary responsibility of your NOC, as an organisation belonging to the Olympic Movement, to ensure full respect of the principles and rules of the IOC Code of Ethics and to preserve the reputation of the Olympic Movement in your country.

"The IOC is closely following the position and course of action taken by your NOC and, should this not be satisfactory, may reserve its right to bring the case to the IOC Ethics Commission at any moment," the letter added.

Kalmadi, who was granted bail by the Delhi High Court on January 19, has decided to step aside as the IOA president though he has not officially resigned from the post yet.

The IOC director, NOC Relation, Pere Miro, had written to the IOA on January 10 seeking information regarding Kalmadi's involvement in the organisational matters of the IOA.

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