The Union Sports Ministry led by Mr. Vijay Goel has suspended the recognition given to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for making former Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi and Senior Haryana politician Abhay Singh Chautala its life Presidents. The Minister has said that the decision will be reversed when the IOA removes both the politicians as its Presidents.
The Ministry took this decision as the IOA filed to respond to its showcause notice by Friday 5 PM. The IOA will now not enjoy the privileges that it enjoyed with the Government recognizing it as the National Olympic Committee (NOC). This bars the IOA from taking any type of financial assistance, privileges and facilities. The Ministry believes that the IOA’s decision to appoint the tainted politicians as life Presidents.
Mr. Suresh Kalmadi had earlier declined to be the life President, but Mr. Abhay Singh Chautala has agreed to resign if the IOC asks him to resign. Narinder Batra, who was the IOA associate vice President has resigned from his position in protest.
The IO had sought a 15 day period to reply to the Sports Ministry’s showcause notice as its President Mr. Ramchandran is currently not in the country.