Batra puts IOA issue back in spotlight

HI prez steps up effort to oust Ramachandran

Batra puts IOA issue back in spotlight

In a fresh turn of events, Hockey India President Narinder Batra on Tuesday claimed to have gathered the required majority of votes to call the Special General Meeting to oust Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N Ramachandran.

The general sentiment within the IOA, however, appears to be on the contrary.
Batra, in an e-mail on Tuesday, wrote that he has got the support of more than 50 per cent of National Sports Federations (NSFs) and state Olympic units to call for the special requisition meeting of the general body. He also added the name of Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to the list to raise the pitch against Ramachandran. Sources in the AFI confirmed its involvement.

In a recent development, former IOA president Abhay Singh Chautala and former IOA secretary-general Lalit Bhanot were said to have reached an understanding against the no-confidence motion. But there appears to have been a rethink, indicated by Batra coming up with fresh mails on the matter after a fortnight.

As per the IOA constitution, a two-third majority is needed to issue a no-confidence motion against the president, secretary general, treasurer and other executive council members. However, most federations were under the notion that the matter was resolved during the informal meeting hosted by Chautala where Bhanot had agreed to bury the hatchet.

“As far as we know, the matter was over. The groups led by Chautala and Bhanot had reached an understanding for the betterment of the IOA. It is one thing to show on paper (majority by Batra) and another to make it happen,” said an IOA official.

“Batra’s list of federations in favour of non-confidence motion includes Basketball Federation of India which is yet to get ministry recognition. Also some of the federations had consented in the past because of pressure. But now all is fine.”

Another senior IOA official admitted that the recent mail of Batra had created a bit of confusion but insisted they no longer want the infighting to continue.“We all had agreed to keep our differences aside during the informal meeting. And that is the way we all want it to be. The infighting is affecting the cause of our athletes and we do not want that to continue,” he said.

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