New Delhi: The suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is likely to face a two-pronged attack on its stance of not following the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s suggestions of amending its constitution. The IOC wants the IOA to bar charge-sheeted officials from contesting its elections. And the international body has now found support from the sports ministry.
“The government is happy in the manner the age and tenure guidelines were incorporated in the IOA constitution, but it will not rest till corrupt officials are ousted from sports bodies in the country,” a senior ministry official said on Monday.
The IOC had already said the suspension of IOA would not be lifted till it amended it constitution to put a blanket ban on persons who had been charge-sheeted from contesting in its elections. The official said the ministry would informally ask the IOC not to lift the ban unless the required changes are made.
The IOA, on Sunday, refused to incorporate the clause in its constitution and suggested the exclusion should only be applicable to convicted persons, that too those who have been sent to prison for more than two years.
The IOA move was expected as accepting the clause would have severely affected the chances of senior officials like Suresh Kalmadi and Lalit Bhanot to run for IOA offices in near future.