New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) effort to protect its tainted officials hit a roadblock on Saturday when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stuck to its stance of barring persons charge-sheeted for criminal offence from contesting in the elections.
A letter written by IOC director general Christophe De Kepper on Saturday effectively ended the chances of senior officials like Suresh Kalmadi, Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma from contesting the IOA polls in September.
The IOC also reminded the IOA that it should cooperate with the parent body if it was serious about lifting the suspension that was imposed on it last year.
The revised draft constitution sent by the IOC a couple of days ago, suggested a blanket ban on corrupt officials from being part of the Olympic movement.
Fifteen Indian Olympians welcomed the IOC’s stance. “We Olympians sincerely thank you for rejecting the IOA request and being firm in your earlier decision taken to include the provision in the IOA constitution.”