Sports ministry revokes suspension of IOA

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Sports ministry on Friday lifted the suspension of Indian Olympic Association with immediate effect after it removed the corruption-tainted duo of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents following an outrage but still took a dig at it for ignoring rules at the first instant.

The ministry said that it was revoking the suspension of deemed recognition of IOAhanded down on December 30 last following its admission of “faux pas” while making Kalmadi and Chautala as life presidents.

“Government has decided to revoke the suspension of deemed recognition of IOA with immediate effect in the light of the corrective action taken by them in reversing its earlier decision making Shri Abhay Singh Chautala and Shri Suresh Kalmadi, Life Presidents of IOA,” the ministry said in a statement.

“In the light of the above developments and keeping in view the larger interest of promotion and development of sports in the country, the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has revoked the suspension of deemed recognition of IOA, imposed on 30.12.2016, with immediate effect,” it added.

The ministry, however, asked the IOA to uphold the highest standards of probity and ethics in future also.

“Since IOA has admitted the faux pas committed and regretted the inconvenience and embarrassment caused to all concerned, it is expected of IOA that it will uphold the highest standard of probity and ethics in its functioning in future,” the ministry said.

In the official letter sent later to the IOA, informing about the revocation of suspension, the ministry said that the proposal to make Kalmadi and Chautala as life presidents should not have been allowed to be placed before the AGM in Chennai.

“IOA has itself admitted in its reply (to the showcause notice) that the proposal placed before the AGM was not in consonance with IOA Constitution. As such, the proposal should not have been allowed to be placed in the AGM citing the rules. IOA, which is the mother body of all NSFs, should not have been ignorant of its own Constitution and rules and procedures,” the ministry said.

“The IOA has now clarified that Shri Suresh Kalmadi and Shri Abhay Singh Chautala have not been made its life presidents,” it added.

IOA President N Ramachandran welcomed the ministry’s decision of revocation of suspension.

“If the ministry revokes the suspension, it is good news for IOA. As far as I am concerned, if the government revokes the suspension, I am thankful to the ministry,” Ramachandran told PTI.

Ramachandran, in his reply to a showcause notice served by the Ministry, had said that the decision to appoint Kalmadi and Chautala does not stand owing to technicalities.

“In the Annual General Meeting held in Chennai on 27.12.2016, at the fag end of the meeting a point was raised by a member stating that IOA should nominate two life presidents. As no notice in writing was received at least 7 clear days as per the Constitution Clause VII no resolution was put to vote and passed,” Ramachandran had claimed.

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