AAA demands re-instatement of IOA Ethics Commission

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 20:39 PM IST

New Delhi: The Arjuna Awardee Association (AAA) on Friday demanded that the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) reinstates the disbanded Ethics Commission and include one of its members in it.

The AAA stance came in the light of the ongoing feud between the two warring IOA factions, led by vice-president Tarlochan Singh and secretary general Randhir Singh.

AAA contended that by disbanding its Ethic Commission, the IOA has not set a good precedent.

"IOA being the apex body should be the role model for National Federations. By such an act the very fabric of Olympic Movement has been defeated," AAA convener Zafar Iqbal said in a release.

"The AAA questions the intention of the IOA and also seeks to know the action plan and deliberations that took place with regard to the Indian Contingent preparing for the London Olympics which we are sure was not given due importance," the release said.

The AAA also felt that one of the members from the AAA fraternity must be included in the formulation of the Ethics Commission and in deliberations for preparation of the Olympic teams so that the interest of the players are ensured.

"AAA sincerely appeals to the IOA to reconsider its decision and reinstate all the bodies that they have disbaned for the benefit of sportsmen and sports in the country," the release added.

The IOA, in its General Body Meeting on December 15, had disbanded the Ethics Committee and Arbitration Commission, triggering a virtual showdown between Suresh Kalmadi`s loyalists and the faction against him.

Tarlochan said that the general body was "unanimous" in scrapping all the committees formed in the last few months since it was not taken into confidence.

Randhir, on his part, said that the constitution of the sports body gave the president the power to form any committee or commission, stating that the president does not need the nod of the general body to form any body.

Randhir also claimed that all the committees had been legally formed with the consent of acting president V K Malhotra so how could he be asked to reform Ethics and other committees which were formed by him.

PTI