India in touch with IOC to end suspension

The Indian Olympic Association was suspended after it went ahead with elections on December5 despite the world body declaring them \'null and void.\'

Published: 08th March 2013 04:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th March 2013 04:21 PM   |  A+A-


A top Indian government officer hopes to meet International Olympic Committee officials at its headquarters in Switzerland next month in a bid to end the suspension placed upon the Indian Olympic Association.

"I'm in touch with IOA officials who have been corresponding with the IOC and am hoping to finalize the dates of our meetings in April," India's sports secretary P.K.Deb told The Associated Press on Friday. "We are hopeful things will be sorted out soon."

"They'd wanted the meetings in March but that might be difficult since our minister (Jitender Singh) will be busy in the ongoing Parliament session til March-end."

The IOA was suspended after it went ahead with elections on Dec.5 despite the world body declaring them "null and void."

The IOC has since been corresponding only with IOA's former acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra and former secretary-general Randhir Singh while making it clear that only fresh elections could bring India back into the Olympic fold.

The IOC had asked the IOA to adhere to its own constitution and not follow a government sports code. But the IOA went ahead with the election process, citing a Delhi High Court order that said the polls should be in line with the code.

The IOC's ethics commission had also advised that tainted officials shouldn't hold administrative posts, but Lalit Bhanot was declared elected unopposed as the new secretary-general despite spending 11 months in jail for corruption cases related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Suresh Kalmadi, who headed the IOA for 16 years, decided not to seek re-election after graft charges relating to the Commonwealth Games but backed new president Abhey Chautala and Bhanot.

An Olympic ban means a national federation is not eligible for funding from the IOC. Officials from the suspended federation can't attend meetings and athletes can compete only under the Olympic flag.

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp