Indian Olympic Association elections postponed

A three-member Election Panel will decide on new date for the polls, which were supposed to take place on November 25.

Updated: November 20, 2012 14:16 IST
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New Delhi: A day after the Abhay Singh Chautala-faction wrote to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief accusing IOC member Randhir Singh of flouting the Olympic Charter, the elections for the Indian Olympic Association have been postponed.

A three-member Election Panel will decide on new date for polls, which were supposed to take place on November 25.

Earlier on Monday, IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra appointed Anil Dev Singh, retired chief justice of the Rajasthan High Court, as the head of its three-member election commission.

Singh's appointment was made following the resignation of S.Y. Quraishi Saturday. The other members of the commission are Justice (retd.) V.K. Bali, who is also the returning officer, and Justice (retd.) J.D. Kapur.

Tarlochan Singh and Ajay Chautala, brother of Abhay who is opposing Randhir in the IOA presidential race, have in their letters to Rogge said: "The IOC member in India Mr Randhir Singh is violating your instructions and IOC Charter approaching Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India on 14th November 2012 to seek clarification on his own candidature as per the National Sports Code.
They want the IOC chief to now consider Randhir Singh's act as a violation of the IOC instructions as well as the Olympic Charter.

Meanwhile, the IOA has received another letter from the IOC asking the IOA to conduct the election exclusively under its constitution currently in force and the rules of the Olympic Charter.

In his reply, Malhotra said: "While IOC is insisting that its charter and IOA constitution are paramount, the Government of India has formulated a Sports Code and it wants that IOA and National Sports Federations (NSF) should follow that code."

"The Sports Ministry of the Government of India has threatened that in case of the non-compliance of the Sports Code, it will withdraw its recognition to the concerned NSFs and even the IOA. The High Court of Delhi has directed the IOA that it should follow the Sports Code while conducting the elections. Defying the orders will lead to contempt of court."

Malhotra's reply added: "IOA finds itself in a quandary. It has no power to defy the High Court. It has to go by the law of the land. On the other hand, there is insistence from the IOC to adhere to its charter and existing IOA constitution."

The scrutiny of the nominations for the elections was postponed Friday after Quraishi quit saying that IOA had failed to follow the government guidelines.

Abhay Chautala and Randhir Singh are contesting for the president's post while Lalit Bhanot has filed nomination papers for the job of secretary general.

(With IANS inputs)

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