Stung by Malhotra’s sudden decision, senior IOA members are out to persuade their acting chief to relent, but he is refusing to budge.
What irked Malhotra, who is recognised as the IOA president, is that the IOC accepted Narinder Batra and RK Anand, whose names were proposed by the Abhay Singh Chautala-led unrecognised IOA, which has been suspended by the IOC in December.
“I have informed the IOC that by inviting Batra and Anand, the IOC has recognised a democratically elected IOA under the leadership of Mr Chautala. There is no point in our attending the meeting,” Malhotra told IANS.
In a letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge, Malhotra said now that the IOC decided to deal with the democratically elected IOA, which is headed by Chautala, he was only too happy to disassociate with the Lausanne exercise.
“As the IOC has changed the script for the Lausanne meeting, I want to inform you that I will not be attending the meeting and also here by withdraw the letter I sent to you on May 3, 2013 naming my delegation,” Malhotra said in the letter.
Acting IOA secretary general Randhir Singh also decided not to go to Lausanne, though he has not given any reason. All he would say was that he had written a separate letter to Rogge, explaining his position.
The IOA delegation will now have six members while India’s sports ministry will be represented by Minister of State Jitendra Singh, secretary Pradeep Kumar Deb, Anil Kumar Singh (officer on special duty to minister), India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and sailor Malav Shroff.