Chennai: Recently-elected Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N Ramachandran has promised to make national federations more accountable and transparent in their functioning, saying that he would not hesitate to resign from his position if he fails to make a difference. “National sports federations and their state affiliates will have to understand that there has to be greater accountability and transparency in their functioning,” Ramachandran said.

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“As President of the country’s apex sports body, this is what I intend to do and will do. If I don’t, I will resign,” the veteran, who is also the chief of World Squash Federation, said.

Laying out his vision for the IOA, he said it is the athletes who are his priority. “Sportspersons and not the Federations are the backbone of sport. Sports in India has changed and IOA has to evolve. If it does not change with times, I will go away,” he reiterated.

“There would be more transparency in selection processes and I will monitor the athletes to ensure that they are treated well. Sports must change with time or it will degenerate,” he claimed.