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IOC rejects Ministry arguments, warns of consequences

IOC rejected Sports Ministry`s argument for a tenure limitation regulation.



New Delhi: IOA President Suresh Kalmadi and
other sports administrators received a shot in the arm after
the International Olympic Council rejected Sports Ministry`s
argument for a tenure limitation regulation, warning such a
move might result in India being thrown out of the Olympic
family next month.

In a joint letter to Sports Minister MS Gill, IOC
National Olympic Committee (NOC) Relations Director Pere Miro
and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Director General Husain
Al-Musallam said if the Ministry insisted on implementing the
guidelines, the issue would be referred to the IOC Executive
Board meeting next month which may lead to India`s by
suspension or derecognition of the country from the Olympic
family.

"...we would like to remind you, once more, that in the
event where the directives issued by the Ministry of Youth
Affairs and Sports would be imposed on the Olympic Movement in
India (even for future elections) we would be forced to report
this case to the next IOC Executive Board meeting (in June)
according to the rules of the Olympic Charter," they wrote in
the letter yesterday.

The Sports Ministry guideline which restricts National
Sports Federation (NSF) including Indian Olympic Association,
Presidents` tenure to 12 years, states that secretaries and
treasurers cannot rule for more than eight years at a stretch
and advocates a retirement age of 70 for all executives.

Those who would be affected if the guideline comes into
effect would be IOA President Suresh Kalmadi and NSF chiefs
including VK Malhotra (archery), Jagdish Tytler (judo) and SS
Dhindsa (cycling).

Throwing their weight behind IOA and NSFs, Miro and
Al-Musallam warned the Sports Ministry against going ahead
with the regulation and Rule 28.9 of the Olympic Charter.

That particular rule states "Apart from the measures and
sanctions provided in the case of infringement of the Olympic
Charter, the IOC Executive Board may take any appropriate
decisions for the protection of the Olympic Movement in the
country of an NOC, including suspension of or withdrawal of
recognition from such NOC if the constitution, law or other
regulations in force in the country concerned, or any act by
any governmental or other body causes the activity of the NOC
or the making or expression of its will to be hampered."

This was in reaction to the May 12 letter sent to IOC by
the Sports Ministry in which Joint Secretary I Srinivas had
assured that the guideline would not affect the current office
bearers of the IOA and NSFs and would be effective from future
elections.

Copy of the letter, addressed to Kalmadi as well, was
sent to IOC President Jacques Rogge, OCA President Sheikh
Ahmad Al-Sabah and IOC member and IOA secretary general
Randhir Singh.

PTI

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