IOA must adhere to IOC's guidelines: Sports Minister

Sep 06, 2013, 01:01 IST | IANS

Sports minister Jitendra Singh yesterday asserted that Indian Olympic Association (IOA) should toe the line of International Olympic Committee (IOC) which bars chargesheeted officials to continue in and run for office.

Jitendra Singh’s comments came after the IOC rejected the request of the suspended IOA to allow tainted officials to run the national body. “There are certain clauses with which IOC has a problem.

Jitendra Singh
Sports minister Jitendra Singh

The main issue is of ethics and good governance. So, I hope better sense prevails and the IOA incorporates the changes which the IOC has suggested,” Jitendra Singh told a TV channel.

“I don’t think there should be a problem in incorporating these changes as it is a part of the Olympic Charter. It is nothing new that the IOC is saying.”  He said it was a sad state of affairs in the IOA. “It is sad that the IOA did not modify their constitution as per the Olympic Charter.

“I would like to request the IOA to consider the modifications in their constitution, keeping in mind the interest of the sports persons and not some individuals' interests. It is unfortunate that some vested interests took precedence over nation and the athletes,” he added.

The IOC executive board met Wednesday in Buenos Aires and decided that the ban on IOA will continue if the apex body for sports in India doesn’t change its constitution to keep out charge-sheeted individuals.

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