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IOA units may flout guidelines

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court, on Thursday, asked the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to conduct its forthcoming elections of office bearers in October as per the government guidelines. However, at least two of IOA’s affiliated units could defy the guidelines in their elections, which will be held later this month.

Though, according to guidelines, a person cannot stand for re-election in a sporting body where he has remained a principal office bearer for 12 years, the politicians-cum-presidents of Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) and Archery Association of India (AAI) are unlikely to vacate their positions.

While IBF is led by Haryana politician Abhay Chautala for more than 12 years, BJP leader and IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra is at the helm of the archery body for more than 30 years. The elections for the boxing federation would be held on September 23, followed by the archery elections six days later.

Some officials in the IBF said the Chautala group is so determined to wrest power again that they are not even ready to reveal the names of the candidates for elections. It has neither named the returning officer nor has it declared the electoral college.

Sources said Chautala and the incumbent secretary, PK Muralidhar Raja, could be opposed by Bengal’s Asit Banerjee and Jay Kawli of Maharashtra. The Chautala group is also trying to project Raja as president to avoid the wrath of the government.