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Indian sports? It's all in the family

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 6:30am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

 Though the two brothers are facing corruption charges and are being tried at various courts of law, N Ramachandran and N Srinivasan are going to rule the Indian sports come Sunday.

After Board of Control for Cricket in India president Srinivasan managed to get himself declared as next International Cricket Council's (ICC) chairman, his younger brother Ramachandran is all set to take over as president of Indian Olympic Association, thus controlling every National Sports Federation in India except cricket.

The controversial brothers will now have the responsibility to rebuild country's shattered image in the sporting world.

The much-awaited IOA elections on Sunday is likely to pave way for India's return to the Olympic fold after serving nearly 14 months of suspension. Kho Kho Federation of India president Rajeev Mehta and All India Tennis Association chief Anil Khanna are also assured of secretary general and treasurer jobs respectively.

However, Clean Sports India has already shot off a letter to IOC pointing out several anomalies in the election process. There are several cases pending in different courts against Ramachandran, including a PIL for misleading the Govt of India for getting Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Purashkar (RKPP) in 2011 by the President of India.

On the other hand, every cricket lover in India is keenly awaiting the report of Justice Mudgal committee which was formed under Supreme Court's directions to look into Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's role in the Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal.

Cases of alleged forgery and manipulation are also coming up against Ramachandra and that may make his position untenable in future. The first case is of allegedly misleading the Indian government to get a National Award in 2011 and is coming up for hearing in Delhi High Court on February 21.

Another case of alleged conflict of interest, where Ramachandran had given an undertaking to the World Squash Federation in 2012 that he had no commercial interest in the game and designated himself just as patron of Squash and Racquet Federation of India. In reality, he was serving as president of the SRFI.

IOA's last elections were held on December 5, 2012, a day after the IOC suspended India from the Olympic family and declared the followed elections "null and void".

The only elections will be held for the post of vice-presidents on Sunday where nine candidates are left in the fray for eight posts. And going by insiders' account, Rajlaxmi Singh Deo seems to be fighting a lost battle against the likes of Anurag Thakur, Akhilesh Das Gupta, Janardhan Singh Gehlot, GS Mander, RK Anand, S Tarlochan Singh, Birendra Prasad Baisya and Parminder Singh Dhindsa.

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