IOC ban detrimental to Indian sports: VK Malhotra

Sep 06, 2013, 00:59 IST | IANS

Vijay Kumar Malhotra, the president of the recognised Indian Olympic Association (IOA), yesterday regretted International Olympic Committee's decision against revoking its suspension of India but promised his best efforts ensure the country's return to the Olympic movement.

“The continuance of the ban is definitely detrimental to Indian sports and prestige. I am quite unhappy that India is out of the Olympic movement at the moment,” said Malhotra in a statement.

VK Malhotra
IOA president VK Malhotra

The veteran sports administrator requested all the stake holders in the suspended IOA to stand united and find out a way to lift the ban.

“We have to follow the IOC charter. The only thing is they can have more clarifications here and there. I am also of the opinion that people facing criminal and corruption charges shouldn’t contest elections. But we need see to what stage it can be made applicable.

The government has also taken a view on it and gone to the Supreme Court. We will study all these things and then convey our acceptance to the IOC clause,” he added. 

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