CSI asks IOC to debar Kalmadi and his aides

New Delhi: In a continued effort to thrust the ouster of jailed Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi and his aides, Clean Sport India (CSI) has asked the international governing body to take necessary action against the tainted officials.

In a letter addressed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chairman, the forum floated by former internationals like hockey Olympian Pargat Singh and former athletics stars Ashwini Nachappa and Vandana Rao, insisted that Kalmadi`s revival to the chair will not be acceptable.

Double Asian Games gold medalist Nachappa, said it was high time for the IOA to initiate action against the accused and since they have failed in their act to do so we are forced to think of a "hand-in-glove".

"Somebody needs to take up the issue, after all there is an ethics commission to look into such matters. IOA has not taken any action, so we have written to the governing body and I am happy they have acknowledge our concern," Ashwini said.

"At least now when the international committee asks the IOA, they will be forced to answer why they have not taken any step forward in this regard," she added.

CSI National convener, B V P Rao also urged the IOC to take necessary action to stop Kamladi from getting back at the helm in the IOA.

"We request you take action on them by suspending them from their current positions and debar them from contesting or holding any position in the IOA or any other sports federation. If you do not take any action, Suresh Kalmadi will be walking in to the IOA office on getting bail as the

President, which is not acceptable to this nation," Rao said in the letter.

The letter also expressed "surprise" at the inability of the IOA to take any decision on the tainted officials during its last General Body Meeting.

"What surprised us was that last General Body of IOA, which met after the arrest of Kalmadi, did not take any action on him. We have brought this matter to the notice of International Olympic Committee," the letter said.

Rao said they never doubted the credibility of the acting president V K Malhotra, but if he continues to shy away from taking action against the accused, it would force them to think otherwise.

"We have always thought V K Malhotra is an honest man and have never questioned his integrity, although he has occupied the position (president archery association) for close to 40 years. But he has not taken any action whenever we have raised the issue," Rao said.

"If he does not take action we will tend to suspect him as a corrupt administrator. We had never taken his name in corruption, so why is he not taking any action," Rao asked.

Kalmadi along with the IOA vice-president V K Verma and Joint Secretary Lalit Bhanot are currently lodged in judicial custody in Tihar Jail because of corruption charges during the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi last year.

Meanwhile, the IOC has acknowledged the forums concern and has forwarded the case to its Ethic Commission.

Earlier in July this year, CSI had apprised the governing body of the corrupt practices and mismanagement of sports in India by Kalmadi and had asked for its immediate intervention to bring reform in the country`s Olympic structure.


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