IOA meeting likely on July 11

IOA meeting likely on July 11

IOA meeting likely on July 11

The Special General Body Meeting of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), to amend its constitution and decide on a date for fresh elections, will be held on July 11 in case the ‘president of the National Olympic Committee', Abhay Singh Chautala, does not call a meeting by July 4.

 More than two-thirds of the IOA members have sent the requisition to Chautala to call the meeting but he is yet to take a call. “If an IOA president does not call the meeting, then as per the constitution the NSF members can call the requisition meeting,” an IOA source told Deccan Herald.

As per the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) roadmap to bring India back into the Olympic fold, the IOA needed to amend its constitution by no later than July 15 and hold fresh elections by September 1. The IOA  was suspended by the IOC on December 4 last because of government interference and violation of the Olympic Charter. “The prime agenda of the meeting is to clear the amendments to the constitution (regarding membership) and decide on an independent election commission and the poll process ahead of the elections,” the source said.

IOC had declared the IOA’s previous elections, which had elected Chautala as the president “null and void”. It was only recently when the Sports Ministry and the IOA delegations met the IOC officials at Lausanne that the deadlock could be broken, with the IOC giving a list of instructions to the IOA towards lifting suspension.

It has also been learned the IOC representatives are likely to visit here on July 11. The June 2 meeting of the IOA, the NSFs and state units had deliberated on the amendments, a copy of which had been mailed to the IOC for its approval. However, not all the NSFs and state units have consented to amend their constitutions so far.

The IOC has so far not clarified who will convene the Special GBM since it had till now emphasised that Chautala and others who were elected with him had no legitimacy. It had stressed the body headed by acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra, with Randhir Singh as the secretary-general was the only body that could be considered as legitimate.

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