IOC asks IOA to fix date for meeting in Lausanne

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has invited Sports Minister Jitendra Singh along with the suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to Luassane for a joint meeting with them and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

In a letter dated March 1 and addressed to the acting president of suspended IOA Vijay Kumar Malhotra and IOC member Randhir Singh, Pere Miro, NOC Relations Director (IOC), said “the intention of the IOC and OCA is to resolve all pending issues as soon as possible, together with the Sports Minister and the suspended IOA.”

“The main purpose of the meeting will be to agree on an action plan and a roadmap, with clear deadlines, to sort out all pending issues and to allow for free, fair, democratic and transparent elections within the IOA on the basis of a revised IOA Constitution and the Olympic Charter, without any outside interference,” he said.

The IOC also renewed its invitation to Malhotra and Randhir to come to Lausanne.“To that effect, we hereby request that you agree with the Sports Minister on a suitable date to come to Lausanne, which should be no later than 31 March 2013, and that you submit a concrete proposal to us by the end of next week. As soon as we agree on a date, we will of course extend an official invitation to the Sports Minister” he said.

“We also request that, for this joint meeting, the suspended IOA be represented by you and by a few other prominent members of the Executive Committee of the suspended IOA (as it was before the suspension of the IOA).”

The IOC said it expected to receive a response and and proposal by them by the end of next week.

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