A delegation led by newly-elected president Abhay Singh Chautala of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will meet sports secretary PK Deb on Friday to formulate a plan to bring the suspended body back into the fold of the International Olympic Committee (IOC ).
Chautala and secretary general of the ‘suspended’ IOA Lalit Bhanot were the two prominent faces, among others, who took charge on Wednesday at the IOA headquarters in the Capital and named a threemember advisory panel to oversee the problems faced by the Indian athletes.
The three-member advisory panel comprises legendary runner PT Usha, former All England badminton champion Pullela Gopichand and hockey stalwart Dilip Tirkey. The decision to form the panel was taken on Wednesday during the general body meeting which also decided to form a nine-member Athletes Commission.
According to a statement from the IOA on Thursday, the sports secretary has invited Chautala to discuss and devise a strategy in the wake of current situation.
The office-bearers met on Thursday and finalised the names of the members that the two panels will include. Gurbachan Singh Randhawa will chair the Athletes Commission, which will also include Wilson Cherian (swimming), Karnam Malleswari (weightlifting), Manjit Dua (table tennis), Aparna Popat (badminton) & Jitender Singh (boxing) among others.
No ad hoc body for now
IOC president Jacques Rogge has ruled out the possibility of an ad hoc body, at least for the time being, to run the IOA. “The National Olympic Committee is suspended and will remain suspended until we receive a clear indication and commitment that the election will be held under the Olympic Charter. We do not consider a provisional body if that’s what you mean by ad-hoc. We do not consider that at this stage,” said Rogge.
The IOA claims that if the election would not have been conducted as per the sports code, it could have led to contempt of court. The Delhi High Court had directed the election to be held under the IOA constitution/by laws and the sports code.
The IOC had suspended the IOA on Tuesday citing its failure to comply with the Olympic Charter.