IOA faces ban

New Delhi: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reiterated its stand that if the upcoming IOA elections are held under the government’s Sports Code, it will propose the suspension of IOA in its Executive Board Meeting early next month, PTI reported.

The world body, through a letter written by IOC Director General Christophe de Kepper, has rejected IOA’s request to send an international delegation to resolve the issue.

“... the IOC and OCA will not send delegates to India at this stage. From your letter of 26 November, we came to the conclusion that the IOA and the Government authorities are unable to rectify the situation in order for the IOA elections to be conducted in line with the Olympic Charter and the IOA Constitution, as required by the IOC,” the latest IOC letter said.

“In view of the above, it is hereby confirmed that a proposal for suspension of the IOA will be presented to the IOC Executive Board at its next meeting on 4-5 December 2012, based on Rules 27.9 and 59.1.4 of the Olympic Charter,” the letter said.

The letter, addressed to IOA acting chief V K Malhotra, is the second such directive issued by the IOC after the November 23 letter which warned that India would be suspended if the December 5 elections are held under the government’ Sports Code and not under the Olympic Charter.

Saina Nehwal to play in Super Series Finals despite knee trouble
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, still recovering from a knee injury, has said that she would compete in the World Super Series Finals to be held in China next month.

“The Super Series in China is coming up. The world’s top players will be playing in that competition. I lost in the final last year, so, I am looking forward to it,” Saina said yesterday.

The 22-year-old, who had previously pulled out of the China Open to give her knee some rest, won the Denmark Open and entered the final of the France Open in the last month. However, she lost in the second round in the Hong Kong Open earlier this month. 

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