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IOA reversal; Appointments of Abhay Singh Chautala and Suresh Kalmadi as life presidents cancelled

suresh-kalmadiThe Indian Olympics Association (IOA) has cancelled the appointments of Abhay Singh Chautala, Suresh Kalmadi due to severe pressure from sports ministry.

The IOA was suspended after the decision of appointing of Abhay Singh Chautala and Suresh Kalmadi as life president in its general meeting last month.

The recent action can also be considered important as IOA was suspended by the sports ministry. There were high possibilities of further sanctions by the ministry as well as the International Olympics Committee (IOC).

Corruption tainted Kalmadi and Chautala were nominated as the life president, however the decision led severe opposition from many sports officials and government. Now IOA mentioned “technical fault” in the decision and reversed it.

Sports Ministry took a serious step of suspending the IOA and its recognition with the world body was at stake since the controversial appointments. The ministry said in orders that the suspension will continue till the appointments are cancelled and vowed for transparency in appointments of official in such sports bodies.

Many sports officials as well players strongly opposed the controversial appointment.

Suresh Kalmadi is very well known for his involvement in the Commonwealth Games corruption scam. He has also spent jail term of nine months. Abhay Singh Chautala is involved in a disproportionate assets case.

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