Sports minister happy with IOA's amended constitution
Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh yesterday welcomed the Indian Olympic Association's (IOA) decision to make amendments to its constitution, thereby paving the way for India's re-inclusion into the Olympic fold.
The amendment will prohibit tainted individuals from contesting the Indian Olympic Association’s elections in the future.
A press release from the ministry stated: “The issue of debarring charge framed officials from contesting elections or continuing in office was first raised then (when Singh had led a government delegation to the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne earlier this year) and the IOC was apprised of the support of the Government of India for such a measure.”
The released added that the government had supported the demand of the IOC that charge-framed persons be kept out of IOA. “Shri Jitendra Singh expressed happiness that all these efforts have culminated in decision of IOA to bar charge-framed persons and hold fresh elections of IOA in February next year.”