Sports Minister puts blame on IOA

Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday blamed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for India’s suspension by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a development which puts a bar on the country’s Olympic participation.

“The Indian Olympic Association is to blame for the current crisis. We told the IOA many times to amend its constitution and be compliant with the international rules,” he said.
Jitendra said that there was no conflict between the government’s Sports Code and the Olympic Charter and the “unfortunate” incident could have been avoided had the IOA amended its constitution.

“The decision to suspend India was an unfortunate one. But it could have been avoided had the IOA amended its constitution. It is absolutely false to say that Sports Code was the reason behind India’s suspension.”

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