IOA hold elections despite suspension

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) yesterday blamed its outgoing secretary general Randhir Singh for the mess it is in and decided to go ahead with its elections despite being suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

At the AGM, the IOA passed a resolution holding its outgoing secretary general Randhir Singh responsible for the its suspension by the IOC. Significantly, Randhir, who withdrew from the IOA presidential election on November 25, was absent from the meeting. IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra was hopeful that he would find a solution with the IOC and the government of India.

“Today 147 members were present in the meeting, so we decided to go ahead with the elections. We are following the IOC Charter and none of the nominations have been rejected. I am hopeful that we will solve the issues with the IOC,” said Malhotra.

The IOC on Tuesday suspended the IOA citing “outside interference” in applying the international committee’s election rules. With the suspension, the IOA is not entitled to hold any elections without prior approval of the IOC. However, at yesterday’s elections, Abhay Singh Chautala was unanimously elected president while Lalit Bhanot became IOA’s new secretary general.

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