The infighting within the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is threatening to delay the countrys return to the Olympic fold. V K Malhotra,acting president of the suspended body,on Thursday decided to boycott the crucial meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on May 15. This after the world body included two members of the Abhay Chautala-led faction,Narinder Batra and R K Anand,in the Indian delegation for the meeting.
As the IOC has changed the script for the Lausanne meeting,I want to inform you that I will not be attending the meeting and also hereby withdraw the letter I sent to you on May 3,2013 naming my delegation, Malhotra wrote in his letter to the IOC.
By including Batra and Anand,he said,the IOC has changed its stand and recognized the office bearers of the IOA,which it had suspended.
The IOC member from India,Randhir Singh,who is also the Olympic Council of Asia secretary general,has also decided not to attend the meeting since the IOC didnt bother to take the OCA into confidence before convening the meeting.
Malhotra and Randhirs decision to pull out at the last minute has cast a shadow over the meeting,which is supposed to decide IOAs future.
The sports ministry,meanwhile,was confident that the meeting will go on,though it expressed regret that Malhotra decided to pull out of the meeting. I am disappointed. I wish he could reconsider his decision and come for the meeting, sports secretary P K Deb said,adding that Malhotras presence did not matter much in any case. As far as Randhir goes,I hope he doesnt back out. We will have a word with him and coax him to be a part of the meeting, Deb said.