New Delhi: Clearly on the back foot over the issue of ethics and good governance, senior officials of the suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) are now planning to take yet another delegation to Lausanne and try to convince the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to lift the ban on India.
Hours after receiving the letter from the IOC that said that the Indian apex body should include the clause of barring chargesheeted people from contesting elections by October 31, a senior IOA official said another effort would be made to open dialogue with the parent body.
“Once the IOC elections get over and a new president takes charge, we are planning to take an IOA delegation to Switzerland. Our main aim would be to tell them now absurd it would be to incorporate this clause in the constitution as it could be easily challenged in the court of law,” he said.
“We are also preparing a list of officials within the IOC and various other National Olympic Committees (NOCs), who continue to be the part of the Olympic movement despite being chargesheeted in their respective countries…we have reasons to believe the IOC is bit harsh on us,” the official added.
Not many within the IOA itself, however, are convinced that the international body would give them another chance.
In the amended constitution, IOC letter said, the suspended IOA should include “the initial wording proposed by the IOC (or a very similar wording which would not dilute the meaning and the expected results and which would be submitted in advance to IOC) with respect to both charge-framed and convicted individuals. It is the prerequisite for the IOC to approve the revised constitution of the IOA.
“Once this step is completed and the IOC can approve the new constitution of the IOA, the suspended IOA would be in a position to hold its elective general meeting as soon as possible thereafter and no later than 15 December 2013,” the letter further said.
Ironically, the IOA bosses, having put up a brave front in public in their effort to protect the tainted officials, are also trying to find a face-saving compromise formula.
Sources said talks were on between the Suresh Kalmadi-Lalit Bhanot group and the faction led by Randhir Singh, but to no avail as yet.
“We were ready for a compromise, but the other group has ditched us on several points,” alleged an official of the Kalmadi led group. “We expected Randhir Singhji to back our arguments on the chargesheet clause during the August 25 general meeting, but he did not open his mouth in front of the IOC observers.”
An attempt was made to bring a no confidence motion against Randhir in the meeting, but it was not moved in the end. The IOA is also planning to point out that the company in charge of keeping time during the Commonwealth Games was chargesheeted in India, but was allowed by the IOC to be part of the London Olympics.
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