The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has barred all the national federations that are suspended by their international bodies from participating in the upcoming elections of the Indian Olympic Association. The direction means the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), the Taekwondo Federation of India (TFI) and the Fencing Association of India (FAI) will be barred on the aforementioned counts.
While the IBF was suspended by the international body because of alleged mismanagement of its elections, the TFI and FAI were suspended following IOA’s suspension. None of their representatives – three members from each federation are to vote – will now be allowed to be a part of the IOA general assembly that will meet to elect the new body. Also, Bhupinder Singh, who is IBF’s senior vice president and who was to be elected unopposed as executive council member, will now have to withdraw his candidature.
IOC’s director of NOC Relations, Pere Miro, in his letter dated January 30 forwarded these directions.
“The IOC is also of the opinion that the Boxing Federation in India should not participate in the Elective General Assembly of the suspended IOA on 9 February and should not be allowed to nominate any of its representatives for the elections,” Miro wrote.
“Same approach should be followed for any other national federation currently suspended by its International federation.” he added. Miro wrote this letter after International Boxing Federation (AIBA) director Ho Kim had written a letter saying: “In regard to the upcoming elections of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), we would like to inform that the current AIBA member federation in India, The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), has been suspended by AIBA. Therefore, it is AIBA’s position that no representative from IABF should participate in the IOA elections and vote on behalf of boxing in India.”
The Abhay Chautala led group of the IOA, though peeved, will abide by the all the directions. Talking to The Indian Express, Archery Association of India (AAI) vice-president Tarlochan Singh said that all the specified directions have to be followed. “Whatever IOC says has to be done. So if they say these people can’t vote, they won’t. We will leave one place vacant.”
Meanwhile, the AIBA, in a separate letter has also barred the IBF from conducting meetings or representing the body at any forum. IBF secretary general Rajesh Bhandari had written to member affliates about a planned AGM scheduled to be held on March 4 to pass an amended constitution. “As far as AIBA is concerned the IBF does not have any validly appointed officials. In other words, it is the position of AIBA that the organisation or persons who are attempting to convene the March 4 meeting and AGM have no authority or the right to do so,” Kim said in a letter.
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