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Abhinav to help IOA

New Delhi: Gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra will be seen in a different role during India’s bid to return to the Olympic fold later this month. According to sports ministry sources, Bindra will be a part of the Indian delegation that will meet International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials on May 15 to solve the crisis in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

“Bindra will be part of the Indian delegation, which will be led by sports minister Jitendra Singh,” said a senior ministry official. “Olympian Manav Shroff will also be there,” he added.

Shroff, who had represented India in yachting, is now a senior administrator in the sport and has good relationship with the IOC top brass. He is believed to have played a major role in convincing the international body to call the meeting, which was twice postponed earlier.

The ministry, sources said, also wanted to take two other Olympic medallists Saina Nehwal and MC Mary Kom for the meeting. But the plan did not succeed in the end.

The IOC had suspended the IOA on December 5 for violating the Olympic Charter. The IOA, which elected Abhay Chautala as the president, ignored the advice of the parent body and went ahead with its elections.