Indian Olympic Association changes constitution due to IOC pressure

Aug 12, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, waves the Olympic flag after receiving it from Boris Johnson, mayor of London, and Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee during the Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

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]

Topics: Indian Olympic Association, International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach

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