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Chautala becomes IOA president, Bhanot secretary general

Posted on Dec 06, 01:56PM | UNI

Boxing federation chief Abhay Singh Chautala was today unanimously elected president of the suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) while scam-tainted Lalit Bhanot became the new secretary general.

Claiming that it has not violated any International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines, the IOA went ahead with its election.

Yesterday, the IOC suspended the IOA for allowing government interference in the election and said the body was no longer entitled to conduct the poll.

"I want to reiterate that we have done nothing wrong by going ahead with the polls. We have to obey the law of the land," Chautala told reporters.

The outgoing IOA acting president, V K Malhotra, on the sidelines of the AGM here, told reporters that "the house unanimously decided that we did not do anything wrong by going ahead with the election process. We had already communicated to the IOC that the IOA will have to go ahead with the elections under the sports code because of the Delhi High Court order." "Inspite of this the IOC decided to suspend us, but we will try our level best to get the suspension revoked as soon as possible." Bhanot, who was jailed and later released on bail for his alleged involvement in the Commonwealth Games corruption scandal, said he would quit his post if found guilty.

"I will quit if I am proven guilty by the law of the land," he said.