CHENNAI:The numbers to call a meeting to oust Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran seem to be swelling. In emails circulated in the media, this figure has touched around 35-36 per cent (state units and national sports federations). According to the IOA constitution, support of 50 per cent of units and national federations is needed for a Special General Meeting through requisition. Two-third majority is needed for a no-confidence motion.
Though the anti-Ramachandran camp is hopeful of numbers, the IOA chief’s supporters are confident the storm will pass. “We’ve more than 35 per cent of state units and federations demanding SGM,” said a top federation official. “It’s a matter of time before others join the demand. By the end of this month, if not the week, we’ll have the numbers. He (IOA chief) has to call a meeting.” Joining the chorus for SGM was the disputed Basketball Federation of India. A letter signed by its president K Govindraj demanded a meeting. “But which faction is recognised by IOA?” asked an official.
Ramachandran’s men are not too disturbed at the moment. “This is nothing but a passing phase. It’s damaging the reputation of the IOA,” said a senior official.
According to some officials, who want to stay neutral, it’s not good for the IOA. “We have just had the IOC suspension lifted and look at this! What’s the point blaming each other in an open forum? If something is wrong, call for a meeting and get over with it.”
The rival faction believes it’s time the IOA chief called a meeting. A major allegation is Ramachandran wanted to take away voting rights of state units, a charge vehemently denied by his men.