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Bhanot election sparks controversy

Posted on Dec 01, 10:54AM | IBNS

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has justified tainted sports administrator Lalit Bhanot's unopposed election to the post of IOA's secretary general by saying he was yet to be pronounced guilty by a court.

However, this election has raised a lot of eyebrows.

Bhanot, who spent 11 months in jail last year in connection with the Commonwealth Games corruption case, was elected on Friday. Abhay Singh Chautala will be president of the association. Both were elected unopposed.

According to reports, the election could create problems for India, which is trying it best to ensure that it is not banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC Ethics Commission's recommendations state that tainted officials, such as Bhanot, cannot be part of the Olympic movement.

On Wednesday, the IOC had said it would propose the suspension of the Indian association at its executive board meeting early next month if its elections were not conducted according to the Olympic charter.

Chautala and top association officials met sports minister Jitendra Singh to discuss the matter, reports added.