Sports ministry serves ultimatum to IOA

After the storm gained in intensity, Kalmadi was the first to step aside, Chautala still has reservations to quit; to wait for IOA clearance.

By Author  |  Published: 30th Dec 2016  8:15 am
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Abhay Chautala, son of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, arrives at Rohini Court in New Delhi on Thursday in connection with a corruption case. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: The IOA has been given time till Friday to reply to the show-cause notice issued by Sports Ministry which has threatened derecognition of the sports body if it does not reverse its decision to make scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as Life Presidents.

Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position at the IOA’s Annual General Meeting in Chennai on December 27, shocking the Indian sporting landscape and leaving the Sports Ministry fuming.

As the storm gained in intensity, Kalmadi was the first to step aside on Thursday.

But Chautala refused to follow suit though he said that he was ready to relinquish the post if International Olympic Committee has reservations about it. He asked IOA President N Ramachandran to discuss the matter with the IOC.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that it will severe ties with the IOA if the controversial decision is not overturned. “In the General Body Meeting of IOA held on 27-12-2016 at Chennai, a resolution was passed to appoint Shri Suresh Kalmadi and Shri Abhay Singh Chautala as Life Presidents. And therefore, persons who cannot contest elections for any post in the IOA have been appointed as Life President of IOA, which in spirit is violative of both IOC’s conditionalities and IOA’s own constitution,” the notice said.

“In view of the above, the IOA is asked to show cause as to why IOA should continue to be recognised as the NOC and government support/assistance of all nature should not be stopped when it has failed to conform to the basic principles of ethics and good governance, violated the directive of the IOC and violated its own rules and thus has adversely impacted the standing and prestige of the country.

“Your reply should reach the office of the undersigned latest by 17.00hrs of 30 December 2016, failing which it would be construed that you have nothing to say in the matter and action will be taken accordingly,” the ministry notice said.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that he has no personal issues with Chautala but was forced to take such a step for the good of Indian sport.

“There is nothing personal against them. Mr. Chautala has been chargesheeted in a few cases. The ministry was forced to take such a step,” Goel said.

“What the IOA has done is totally unacceptable. They have not adhered to the charter of IOC and had bypassed their own rules. They have also not followed National Sports Development Code. We had recognised the IOA thinking that they will follow the principles of ethics and good governance,” he said.

“I hope good sense will prevail and these decisions are withdrawn. IOA should follow good governance and ethics,” the minister added.