Srini Luck Shines on Bro, Ramachandran IOA Boss - The New Indian Express

Srini Luck Shines on Bro, Ramachandran IOA Boss

Published: 10th February 2014 07:51 AM

Last Updated: 10th February 2014 08:13 AM

A day after Indian Cricket Board president (BCCI) N Srinivasan was coronated the ICC chairman, his brother N Ramachandran was elected as the president of the country’s most powerful sports body — the Indian Olympic Association — on Sunday. The IOA election were held after amending the constitution according to the International Olympic Association’s diktat whereby charge-framed persons were not allowed to contest. With this, India is hoping to overturn the 14-month suspension.

Kho-Kho Federation of India president Rajeev Mehta and All India Tennis Association (AITA) chief Anil Khanna were also elected unopposed as secretary general and treasurer, respectively, in the polls which marked the exit of corruption-tainted Abhey Singh Chautala and Lalit Bhanot from the IOA. Voting was done only for eight vice-presidents as there were nine candidates in the fray.

One senior vice-president, six joint secretaries and nine executive council members were also elected unopposed. All the office-bearers will have a term till 2016.

Ramachandran, when asked about the suspension sounded optimistic and said the IOC members seemed happy with the proceedings. “This is my first challenge — to get the suspension revoked,” he said. “I am confident that I will be able to work for the betterment of sport in India.” Robin Mitchell, IOC member from Fiji, even hinted that India’s suspension could be revoked before the end of the ongoing Sochi Winter Olympics so that the three Indians taking part in the Games can hold the tri-colour in the closing ceremony on February 23. “Hopefully the Executive Board will decide to revoke India’s suspension in that meeting.”

Meanwhile, in an unusual tweet Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has expressed his disappointment with the unsportsman like figures of sports administrators.

Is the timing of the tweet suspect? What's your take on the issue the Congress leader has raised? Should background in Sports be a criterion for the posts in administrative level?

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