The IOA General Body Meeting began on a stormy note today with close to 50 demonstrators under the banner of Clean Sports India protesting against the association's officials, who have been chargesheeted in corruption cases.
The protests were held outside the venue of the meeting where the IOA is all set to ignore the IOC's directive to bar chargesheeted officials from contesting elections through constitutional amendments.
IOC representatives are also in attendance at the meeting where the media has been so far denied entry.
The demonstrators shouted slogans against the IOA while holding placards criticising alleged corruption in the body.
'No place for criminals' and 'Retire at 70 like IOC members' were some of the messages on the placards which the protesters waved.
Clean Sports India President Ashwini Nachappa, convener BVP Rao, noted lawyer Rahul Mehra, former Asian marathon and champion Sunita Godara were among those who attended the protest.
"These criminals in Indians sports should be thrown out. They are eating into the vitals of Indian sports," said Mehra.
Indian Hockey Federation's patron and Chief Advisor K P S Gill, who came to attend the GBM, also lambasted the IOA.
"Criminals should have no place in Indian sports. Why make 70 as the age limit (for IOA officials), it should be 65. This GBM is unconstitutional and illegal," said Gill.
Mehra took a dig at the IOC for leaving it to the IOA to apply the age and tenure restrictions on its members.