IOA elections: Randhir withdraws candidature
India's lone member International Olympic Committee (IOC) Randhir Singh on Sunday decided to withdraw his candidature for the post of president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
Randhir, secretary-general of IOA, resigned protesting the "slanderous campaign" against him. He met IOA Returning Officer Justice V.K. Bali in the afternoon and handed over his withdrawal letter.
Now Abhay Singh Chautala and Raj Chopra are the two candidates in the fray.
"There is no point in contesting the elections. It has created a rift in the Olympic committee. We have to sit together with the ministry, solve the problem and then hold elections," Randhir Singh told reporters.
"I am ready to fight the elections, I am not running away but since the situation has got so convoluted there is no sense in getting involved and creating more problems," said Randhir.
"As a sportsman I have represented the country with distinction and have never sought any office. When I was given the opportunity to serve sport I did my best as a sports administrator," said Randhir.
"I don't have to fight the elections to clean up this mess. I am much better off not fighting the elections because now I will fight them as a member of the IOC. I am free to do what I feel like."
"I know I have the numbers to win the election, but I would not like to enter contest in an atmosphere of hate and calumny, making personal allegations.
"I have decided to pull out because the IOA election is likely to be held as per the Sports Code and as an IOC member I can't be a party to it when I swear by the Olympic Charter."