Having been suspended ever since electing the controversial Lalit Bhanot as secretary general in December 2012, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) made strides to placing themselves back in the good graces of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday, agreeing with the IOC’s demand that IOA officials with histories of corruption step down from their appointed offices.
IOC president Thomas Bach had threatened the IOA with expulsion from the Olympics if the group did not comply.
IOA president Abhay Singh Chautala, who will be leaving his post due to the new anti-corruption amendment in the IOA constitution, was blunt about why he’d be stepping down:
We have done this only for the sake of the country and our athlete. We still don’t agree to the IOC’s chargesheet clause, because that is not the law of our country. You can check with all IOA members, we did this only after pressure from the IOC. This is only why we have agreed to amend our constitution (Inside the Games).
February 9 has been set as the date for the new IOA elections.
[Source: Inside the Games]