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IOA dispute gets bitter

New Delhi: The infighting within the suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) took a bitter turn on Thursday when a Hockey India (HI) official alleged that one senior member from India was advising the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to meet an IOA delegation.

The IOC, the HI official claimed, would de-recognise India in its next executive board meeting on Dec. 10 and 11 and appoint an ad hoc committee. The member, who advised the IOC to ignore an IOA proposal for a meeting, would also find a place in the committee.

The seven-member committee, the official said, would comprise V.K. Malhotra, Randhir Singh, Anil Khanna, Abhinav Bindra, former sportspersons Manisha Malhotra and Ashwini Nachappa, along with lawyer Rahul Mehra.

To avoid such a scenario, the HI official urged the IOA brass to call a meeting by Dec. 9 and accept all the amendments suggested by the parent body.