Indian Olympic Association (IOA) debars charge-sheeted from contesting elections
Indian Olympic Association amended its constitution
On 8 December 2013 the Indian Olympic Association amended its constitution debarring framed and charged people from contesting elections to the governing body of Olympic sports in India, Indian Olympic Association, IOA.
IN a special meeting of its general body headed by S. Reghunathan the association decided to fix 9 February as the date for fresh elections to the IOA after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had given it the ultimatum to reduce external influence on the India Olympic Association and corruption within it and if it did not do so, it risked being removed from the Olympic mission. The amendments would disallow charge-sheeted administrators like Lalit Bhanot from contesting elections to the governing body of the Association. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is now expected to go through the amendments and revoke the suspension of IOA so that India could return back to the Olympic movement. IOA was suspended from the IOC for government interference putting at risk the recognition of IOA by the IOC.
Shri Jitendra nSingh, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, had taken a delegation to IOC to help end the suspension of IOA in the early part of this year. He expressed happiness at the step taken by the IOA. It would clean up the sports administration in India; thus helping it to meet the IOC commitments on corruption and non interference of government within sports bodies and federations.
About International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Pierre Baron de Coubertin, the father of Modern Olympics, founded the body with Demetrios Vikelas as the first president on 23 June 1894. It organizes the Olympic games, the winter Olympic games and promotes ethical values in Olympic sports. It acts as the collaborator between the various Olympic Associations in holding the world events like the Asian Games. Thomas Bach is the present head of the body.
About Indian Olympic Association (IOA)
It has the responsibility of preparing the players for the Olympics, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and other regional events as well ensuring their participation in their respective disciplines. Sir Dorabji Tata did the early work in establishing a National level body in India to encourage Olympics in 1919. He established the Indian Olympic Association with the help of Dr A. G. Noehren who the director of Youth Missionary Christian Association (YMCA).Its current president is Abhay Singh Chautala.