CSI urges IOC Commission to look for action against Kalmadi

Clean Sports India, an NGO working for transparency in sports in the country said on Wednesday it would urge the International Olympic Committee`s Ethics Commission to look into the allegations of corruption against the top officials of Indian Olympic Association.

"We want to stop (Suresh) Kalmadi at any cost getting into Olympic movement again. We think that Indian Olympic Association (IOA) cannot take any action (against him)," BVP Rao, convener of Clean Sports India, told reporters here.

"The Ethics Commission (of IOA) has given a notice. But, they have a very scant respect to the Ethics Commission. They have changed the structure of Ethics Commission, some of them objected to it. So, we don`t have any hope.

"We are writing to the IOC to refer it to its ethics commission. At least, they can look at the chargesheet of CBI, the CAG report, the conduct of the CWG and come to a decision, so that the IOA is forced to take some action," Rao said.

He said the Clean Sports India has begun a campaign by sending a letter signed by Olympians and others to write to the IOC over the matter.

"We want to keep it alive. Last month in Mumbai, about 100 people, including 20 Olympians, have signed a similar letter, now, in Hyderabad. In the next couple of months, we will go to Chennai, Bangalore and other cities.

"Let the matter be decided by IOC. We don`t have hope here in India. This is the campaign," Rao said.

He distributed photo copies of a letter written to the IOC President by Clean Sports India, the purported show cause notice issued to Kalmadi by IOA`s Ethics Commission, a note issued by some members of IOA over the show cause notice and also a letter written to IOA by the NOC Relations Department of IOC.


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