"The Executive Board heard a report that the IOA's General Assembly had approved most of the amendments to the IOA's constitution requested by the IOC, but one specific clause had not been adopted," said the IOC in a statement on Thursday from the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.
"This clause, which deals specifically with the eligibility of members, is key to the good governance of the NOC and needs to be fully accepted before the suspended IOA can proceed with the elections. An official notification of the IOC's position will be sent to the IOA," it said.
In Buenos Aires on Wednesday, the IOC said the IOA must adopt the "charge sheet" clause for good governance, said media reports.
The decision to suspend the IOA was taken first by the IOC in its executive board meeting at its headquarters in Switzerland last year.
The suspension means no Indian national anthem can be played in the international event and the participants cannot contest under Indian flag.
IOA vice-president Tarlochan Singh said they were formally intimated about the decision of IOC. He said the "charge sheet clause is a minor thing in India".
"In India we say that after conviction we can debar a person," he said.
Disputed IOA "president" Abhay Singh Chautala said India would go by its own law and that has been told to the IOC.
The IOA said it would bar convicted people from holding office or taking part in election but not those who were only charged and not proved guilty.
"We have accepted all the amendments proposed by the IOC, except the charge sheet clause," senior sports official S Reghunathan, said, according to NDTV.
Meanwhile, sports activists said the decision of IOC is welcome and good for Indian sports.
"Chargesheet is not a minor issue. We are happy. The fight is on for three years. IOC is standing up for athletes and the only body not standing up in IOA," said Ashwini Nachappa, former sprint champion and now Clean Sports India president, speaking to media.
Lawyer and sports activist Rahul Mehra said it is a bad news more for IOA than Indian sports.
"IOA gets a window to get its act together as it hasn't yet been expelled by IOC, suspension continues. Left for the new President to decide?" tweeted Mehra.
--IBNS (Posted on 05-09-2013)