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IOC, IOA on collision on election supervision

Thursday, 13 September 2012 - 7:23pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
The IOA and IOC appeared to be heading on a collision course with the IOA objecting to the "dictate" from the IOC that it should hold its election due next month under the supervision of the world body.

The Indian Olympic Association and International Olympic Committee appeared to be heading on a collision course with the IOA objecting to the "dictate" from the IOC that it should hold its election due next month under the supervision of the world body.

The IOC had written two letters -- on August 16 and September 11 -- stating that the election process of the IOA would have to be held in strict compliance with the Olympic Charter and under the supervision of the IOC and Olympic Council of Asia.

Miffed at the IOC's "dictate", IOA Acting President Vijay Kumar Malhotra shot off a letter to the IOC chief Jacques Rogge, stating that the international body's decision to supervise its election was not acceptable. Malhotra asked whether elections of other NOCs were also monitored or was it in case of India only.

"I was surprised to receive yet another letter dated dated September 11, 2012 (after the one on August 31) from your office which reads like a dictate. It virtually orders IOA to do things as specified in it," Malhotra wrote in the letter dated today.

"I am also amazed to read that IOC and OCA will like to jointly nominate the observers for the elections of IOA. I will like to know whether IOC is sending observers to monitor the elections of all the NOCs or only IOA is being single out. In any case, the idea of IOC-OCA observers may not be acceptable to the IOA,"

"In its 76-year long history, IOA has been holding elections regularly and these were never monitored by the IOC. IOA represents the world's largest democracy and second most populous nation in the world. We understand our responsibilities," he said.


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