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TTFI boss may be asked to resign

New Delhi: Perturbed by the rise in the number of people with criminal background in sports administration, the government is planning to add a new clause to the existing sports code to stop the entry of such officials.

According to sports ministry sources, the government, as a first step, would write to Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) president Ajay Chautala to resign from his post with immediate effect.

A Haryana MLA and brother of suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Abhay Chuatala, Ajay was on Tuesday sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by a CBI court for his involvement in a teachers’ recruitment scam.

“We are going to write to TTFI next week suggesting Chautala should resign from the post of president on ethical grounds,” a senior sports ministry official told The Telegraph.

Asked whether the ministry has the right to make any such demand from a body run according to the Olympic Charter, the official said: “We are going to make necessary changes in the sports code in this regard.”

The stance taken by the ministry also makes it clear that some other officials from different sports federations could also be brought under the same rule.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has already expressed their displeasure over the involvement of some officials in the Indian Olympic movement.

In fact, the ethics commission of the IOC had suggested that three Indian officials — Suresh Kalmadi, Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma — should not play any role in IOA.

All three officials were arrested and later released on bail in relation to the Commonwealth Games scam.

Interestingly, Ajay would be finishing his third term as the TTFI president and would not seek another term in the office.

The TTFI has also announced its intention to include sports code in its constitution.

TTFI general secretary Dhanraj Choudhary earlier said that there was no need for Ajay to resign.

“We recently amended our constitution as per the sports code.

“Chautala has clearly said he will not contest the elections as he has completed 12 years in the office.

“There is no question of asking him to step down when he is already demitting office next month,” Choudhary said.

The TTFI elections are likely to be held in late February.

The federation, last week, had held a “special” general body meeting to adopt provisions in the sports code with regard to age and tenure, which prescribes a tenure of 12 years (three tenures of four years each) for the president and the other office bearers.