No government interference in IOA elections: VK Malhotra
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Friday said that there is no government interference in the election process of the apex body of Indian sports and it is in conformity with its constitution and the Olympic Charter.
The IOA also said that it has always adhered to the Olympic Charter and unequivocally supported International Olympic Committee (IOC) stand on the autonomy of the National Olympic Committees (NOC) and National Sports Federations (NSFs).
Talking to mediapersons here on Saturday, IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said the election is being conducted by a three-member commission and that he has always opposed the Sports Code. “IOA has many-a-time called upon the government to scrape this ill-conceived code.
We met the prime minister last year and after that have been repeatedly voicing our opposition to this so called code and other attempts by the government to interfere in the affairs of the IOA and NSF,” said Malhotra adding that he has written to IOC chief Jacques Rogge assuring him that autonomy of the IOA shall be “preserved and protected and no interference of any economic and political angle shall be permitted.”