For dilly-dallying on electoral process,IOA gets a rap

The International Olympic Committee in a letter addressed to the Indian Olympic Association’s acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra

Written by Vinayak Padmadeo | New Delhi | Published: September 20, 2012 3:06:10 am

The International Olympic Committee in a letter addressed to the Indian Olympic Association’s acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra has demanded to know the exact date of elections and also made it clear that observers would monitor the voting process.

The letter forwarded to the IOA states that if ‘satisfactory answers’,including the composition of the voting members isn’t received then the matter would be taken up at the IOC’s executive board for ‘appropriate action’.

This is the latest round in a war of words between the IOC and IOA.

Malhotra had questioned the need of the IOC to send observers,including one from the Olympic Council of Asia to oversee the electoral process.

Veiled threat

However,the IOC has not taken kindly to Malhotra’s objection and also issued a veiled threat.

In the strongly-worded letter the IOC said: “We hope that you are aware of the fact that the Indian Olympic Association is an organisation recognised by the IOC which belongs to the Olympic Movement and as such is bound by the Olympic Charter. Without recognition by the IOC,your NOC would not be entitled to call itself an “Olympic” association and to act as a National Olympic Committee. The legitimacy of your NOC (and you as Acting President) is therefore derived primarily from the IOC.”

The apex body also made it clear that it wasn’t buying the story that all was hunky dory with the IOA.

“IOC and OCA are extremely astonished by the content of your letter and by the fact that you do not seem to understand that the internal situation of your National Olympic Committee (NOC) is not as smooth and normal as you want to depict it. … the term of the office bearers of your NOC is expected to expire no later than 10 October,2012 but you and your NOC are still unable to inform us the date on which the Elective General Assembly will be held,” the letter stated.

The IOA also highlighted the deficiencies in the functioning of the IOA by raising specific examples.

“…you and your NOC were unable to take any clear decision vis-vis the situation of Mr (Suresh) Kalmadi with much confusion surrounding the status,powers and decisions of your NOC Ethics Committee in this affair?”

However,the IOA seems to have fallen in line after the latest missive. “We have already told them that our executive is meeting on September 24,” Malhotra told The Indian Express. “We will take up their concerns in that meeting and whatever we decide will be passed on to them,” Malhotra said.

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