IOA annuls decision to appoint Chautala, Kalmadi as life presidents
by Newsroom Staff Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
New Delhi, Jan 10: Facing criticism for appointing sacm-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as life presidents, the India Olympic Association has been forced to revoke its controversial decision.
Quoting a top IOA official, news agency PTI reports that the appointments have been declared null and void in order to get the recognition of the Sports Ministry and also to avoid any possible action from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position at the IOA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chennai on December 27, but the Olympic body was forced to reverse its decision after it was opposed by a majority of IOA members.
The current move can be termed as a complete U-turn from the IOA which has been suspended by the Sports Ministry for making the controversial appointments.
The Ministry said IOA’s suspension will continue until it decides to reverse its decision of appointing Kalmadi and Chautala as its life presidents.
While Kalmadi is an accused in the 2010 Commonwealth Games corruption scam and has also spent nine months in jail, Chautala is facing a trial in disproportionate assets case.