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IOA continues to defy IOC on chargesheet clause

IOA's senior Vice President Tarlochan Singh said "chargesheet is a very minor thing in India". "Chargesheet is a very minor thing in India. We have to convince the IOC otherwise they won't withdraw the suspension. We have been telling them that in India, there is Court, Parliament, there is law and jurisdication. As per it, you can't bar a person. We have already put a clause in our constitution that anybody convicted for two years cannot be a member of the IOA," he said.

Lalit Bhanot
Lalit Bhanot, who is facing corruption charges linked to the scandal-hit 2010 Commonwealth Games, was elected secretary-general of the IOA

Tarlochan said the IOA would convene a general body meeting once they receive the IOC's latest communication. "When it comes to us, another meeting of the IOA General Body has to be called because the decision has to be adopted by the two-third majority of the house," he added.

Clean Sports India's president Ashwini Nachappa expressed her happiness over IOC's firm stand on the issue. "We are not in a situation like BCCI where they are bigger than the ICC. It is for the first time IOC has taken such a firm decision. They are very serious on the change that is need to be addressed," she said.

India was suspended from the Olympic movement in December last year after tainted Lalit Bhanot, who is facing corruption charges linked to the scandal-hit 2010 Commonwealth Games, was elected secretary-general of the IOA. The IOC asked the IOA to amend its constitution to keep officials facing criminal or corruption charges out of the election process. 

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