IOA defies IOC, to go ahead with elections

New Delhi, Sat, 08 Dec 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Dec. 5 (ANI): The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Wednesday said it would go ahead with its plans of holding elections in defiance of the suspension diktat of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

On Tuesday, the IOC had suspended the IOA because of government interference in its election process, a development which puts a bar on the country's Olympic participation.

The decision was largely expected after the IOA decided to go ahead with the elections under the government's Sports Code, defying the IOC's diktat to hold the polls under the Olympic Charter.

The IOA is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) today to decide the road ahead.

The IOC had said that the IOA cannot hold elections until all pending issues are resolved.

The international body cautioned the IOA that it should not hold elections until its Executive Board decides to lift the Indian's body's suspension.

The IOC had earlier said that it decided to ban India as its Olympic body had failed to comply with Olympic Charter and also allowed fielding a tainted official for a top post in the elections.

Pere Miro, Director of IOC, said: "They are not entitled to have the elections and if they go ahead this will not be recognised. What is absolutely clear is that what has happened in the past is null and what happens now is the same."

IOC's its Ethics Commission had earlier directed the IOA not to allow Suresh Kalmadi, Lalit Bhanot and V K Verma-all of whom allegedly involved in Commonwealth Games corruption scandal-from contesting the elections.

Bhanot is set to be declared elected unopposed for the post of IOA Secretary General in the elections. Kalmadi, the outgoing president, has decided not to contest the elections. (ANI)



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