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IOA polls on Sunday, India likely to return to Olympic fold

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 5:39pm IST | Agency: PTI
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Slammed by the sporting fraternity for bringing shame on the country, a beleaguered IOA will hold its much-awaited elections tomorrow which is expected to clear the decks for India's return to the Olympic fold after 14 months of suspension by its parent body.

World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran, younger brother of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, is set to be elected unopposed as president of Indian Olympic Association in the polls which will be held after Abhay Singh Chautala and Lalit Bhanot were barred from contesting on the ground that they have been charge-framed by a court of law.

Kho Kho Federation of India president Rajeev Mehta and All India Tennis Association chief Anil Khanna will be elected unopposed as secretary general and treasurer respectively.

Chautala and Bhanot were elected as president and secretary general in the IOA polls on December 5, 2012, a day after the IOC suspended India for government interference and for allowing tainted persons in the election process. The IOC had declared the elections "null" and "void".

There will be elections only for vice-presidents tomorrow as nine candidates were left in the fray for eight posts which will be conducted in the presence of three IOC observers and a sports ministry official.

The elections, which will be conducted by a three-member election commission of the IOA, will be preceded by a Special GBM which will make an amendment in the constitution under the diktat of IOC so as to make it clear that charge-framed persons would have to cease being members of IOA besides being barred from contesting elections.

"It will be a short affair. The General Body will make a small constitutional amendment and then straightway election will start," a top IOA official told PTI.

The IOC had hinted recently that India could be brought back to the Olympic fold after the IOA elections. IOC President Thomas Bach had hinted India's return even before the Winter Olympics which began yesterday in Sochi if the IOA held its elections before the Games. 


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