Former athlete Sunita Godara has come down hard on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for naming Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as the IOA's life presidents, saying that the move goes to show that nothing has changed corruption-wise in Indian sports.
"I am not surprised," Godara was quoted as saying to news agency ANI. "Nothing has changed corruption wise. Kalmadi and Chautala are supported by IOA and the federations so I am not surprised. These things happen."
Godara, a former marathon runner, was hopeful that the Sports Ministry would step in and take action.
"I am hopeful that now the Ministry will use its power and take action against them," she said.
"What has happened with Kalmadi and Chautala is a bad case. Making them presidents is like making a person who has killed people on road a safety ambassador," she added.
"This is a very bad example. Kalmadi and Chautala have corruption charges against them. But the IOA powers are with Kalmadi. They are backed by these organisations."
"If our nation will not give any punishment to these people then how will the international bodies?" she asked. "Our system is rotten and we fought against this Neither the IOA nor the federations get any good people because the corrupt are not punished," she added.