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IOC threatens IOA with suspension

Posted on Nov 28, 09:19PM | IBNS

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is on the verge of derecognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) if its elections slated for Dec 5 are conducted in accordance with the government's Sports Code.

The IOC on Wednesday warned the IOA and rejected its request of sending an international delegation to resolve the issue and threatened to initiate the process of suspending the Indian sports body.

IOC Director General Christophe de Kepper in a letter to IOA acting chief V K Malhotra reiterated the apex body's directive expressed in its letter on Nov 23 to present its position to the IOC by Nov 30 or face suspension.

"The IOC and OCA will not send delegates to India at this stage. From your letter of 26 November, we came to the conclusion that the IOA and the Government authorities are unable to rectify the situation in order for the IOA elections to be conducted in line with the Olympic Charter and the IOA Constitution, as required by the IOC," De Keeper wrote.

"In view of the above, it is hereby confirmed that a proposal for suspension of the IOA will be presented to the IOC Executive Board at its next meeting on 4-5 December 2012, based on Rules 27.9 and 59.1.4 of the Olympic Charter," the letter said.

"As mentioned in the IOC/OCA letter of 23 November, the IOA is invited to provide all necessary explanations and to present its position in writing to the IOC no later than 30 November 2012," it said.