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IOC won’t budge

New Delhi: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday reiterated its stand that it does not recognise the newly elected office bearers of the suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

The IOC director general Christophe De Kepper has even expressed regret that “by continuing to act against the IOC directives, the suspended Indian Olympic Association is considerably aggravating its situation.”

Replying to a query from The Telegraph, Sandrine Tonge, the media relations manager of the IOC said: “Please note that there is no change concerning the current office bearers of the suspended Indian Olympic Association with Mr. (Vijay Kumar) Malhotra as acting president (provided he does not act against the IOC directives) and Mr. Randhir Singh as the secretary general of the suspended IOA.”

De Kepper, on his part said: “These so-called ‘elections’ are null and void and the so-called ‘elected office bearers’ have no legitimacy to claim to represent or act on behalf of the suspended IOA in any capacity whatsoever.