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IOA factions are set to join forces

New Delhi: After bitter internal bickering that has left India suspended from the Olympic movement since December 2012, the two warring groups of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), led by Abhay Chautala and Randhir Singh, are set to join hands for the elections on February 9.

According to sources, both groups are working hard to thrash out the differences by Saturday, the last day of filing nominations and declare a unanimous committee for the elections.

While the Chautala-Lalit Bhanot group would grab the majority of the posts including the president and secretary, some of Randhir’s key men would also be accommodated.

“Some officials from Randhir’s group, who come from judo and lawn bowl federations, would be accommodated,” a source said. “The Chautala group is desperate for a compromise as they want the elections to be held at any cost,” he added.

While the name of NR Ramachandran of squash federation is making the rounds for the post of president, Bhubaneshwar Kalita of Assam Olympic Association could be the last-minute choice. The post of secretary would be a toss up between Rajiv Mehta and Rakesh Gupta.