IOA announces polls, but fails to address IOC’s concerns in full
Tempers flared over the presence of the national athletics body representative Lalit Bhanot, whose name cropped up in the corruption scandal following the 2010 Commonwealth Games. After a heated debate the meeting eventually moved to the day’s agenda. The members decided to hold the election on November 25, with a special general body meeting on October 18 to formally start the poll process.
Sources said that senior IOA members were lobbying to postpone the elections for December but were not allowed to have their way. The issue of pending applications for the affiliation of some federations will also be considered before the polls. This means that IOA did meet IOC’s demand about clarity on the electoral dates but the more pressing query about the composition of electoral college still remains unanswered.
While IOC’s reaction is awaited, the IOA acting chief Vijay Kumar Malhotra put up a brave face. “We have decided to form a standing committee to ensure that the NSFs whose sports are in Olympic Games have majority voting rights in the electoral college,” he said.
After the meeting, the Judo Federation of India (JFI) chief Jagdish Tytler said that he did
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