Facing threat of de-recognition, IOA calls for AGM
Faced with threat of de-recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Saturday called its General Body Meeting (GBM) on December 8 to amend the constitution to keep out charge-sheeted officials from running for office.
S Reghunathan, who has chaired the last two Special GBMs in the absence of VK Malhotra, who is recognised by the IOC as the acting president of the IOA, told IANS that the GBM will be held December 8 as instructed by the IOC.
The IOC in a letter dated November 15 had set November 23 as the deadline for the IOA to announce the dates of the GBM. Malhotra was against holding the GBM in December and had also written to the IOC to postpone the GBM by a month keeping in mind the Assembly elections in Delhi.
Reghunathan told IANS that they are against postponement and want to have the GBM at the earliest as asked by the IOC. “The GBM will be held on Dec 8, but if the IOC wants to postpone the meeting as requested by Mr Malhotra then we will host a Special General Meeting,” said Reghunathan.
The IOC has given a Dec 9 deadline to the IOA to amend its constitution, failing which it would be replaced by an adhoc committee.
The IOC has asked the IOA to amend it constitution by adding a clause that will prevent members, who have serious charges against them, from running for the IOA elections and will be provisionally suspended from the IOA until a final ruling is made.