The first meeting between the representatives of the suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the International Olympic Committee scheduled for later this month may not take place.
This is because representatives of the IOA,Vijay Kumar Malhotra and Randhir Singh,and the sports ministry have not made headway over differences in age and tenure cap of officials who head sports federations. IOC suspended the IOA after the government’s bid to introduce restrictions on age and tenure,which amounted to violation of the Olympic Charter.
Malhotra has requested the IOC to give the IOA more time to have a meaningful discussion with the sports ministry.
“The meeting will not happen this month. I have already written to the IOC asking them to reschedule it,possibly after third week of April,” Malhotra told The Indian Express. “We are yet to thrash out our differences,the situation remains the same. There’s no point in meeting the IOC officials when we haven’t decided on anything. It would be a strange scenario if the sports ministry and we differ in front of the IOC.”
Sports secretary PK Deb,however,is optimistic of a breakthrough. “We are talking to everybody involved. We haven’t arrived at a consensus just yet,but we are very close to it. If they tell us that we have only a day left to arrive at a consensus,we will sit through the night and see to it that we arrive at a consensus.”