House slams Abhay for his ‘selfish’ conduct as IOA chief

The Haryana Assembly on Wednesday condemned the “obstinate and selfish conduct” of MLA and Indian Olympic Association president Abhay Chautala “for causing incalculable damage to the career of sportspersons and Olympic movement

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 8, 2014 1:16 pm

The Haryana Assembly on Wednesday condemned the “obstinate and selfish conduct” of MLA and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Abhay Chautala “for causing incalculable damage to the career of sportspersons and Olympic movement” and passed an unanimous resolution calling upon the Union Sports Ministry to cleanse the system.

In a resolution moved by Parliamentary Affairs minister Randeep Surjewala and passed after a 90-minute discussion in absence of Opposition members,the House called upon the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to immediately implement ‘model sports code’ in the IOA as well as in sports federations and bodies of the country.

Speaking on the resolution,Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda launched a scathing attack on Abhay and his brother Ajay Chautala,both members of the House. “Yesterday,the House was debating the misuse of power by them (Chautalas),today there is another example of blatant misuse of power where you have one brother (Abhay) occupying the IOA and the other (Ajay) the Table Tennis Federation… Their only interest is to serve their vested interests and they have no concern for the country’s prestige,which is at stake,” he said.

“I am more pained as I am a player myself and thus,can understand the suffering the decision has inflicted on the sports fraternity. We are preparing players for further challenges by bringing about a sports policy that provides incentives to winners,but what will they do if they can’t even even participate under the Tricolour at international events?” he asked.

The resolution directly attacked Abhay,stating: “On November 25,2012,a group of tainted sports administrators bulldozed the election of Abhay Singh Chautala — president of IOA. This was done despite the fact that Chautala was chargesheeted under Section 13 (1) & (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act,1988 by a Special CBI court at New Delhi. There were prohibitory orders passed by the IOC for not holding such meetings till appropriate amendments on ‘ethics and suitability’ had been carried out in the constitution of IOA.”

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