Executive Board of IOA to decide on election on Monday
New Delhi: Faced with a threat from International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Indian Olympic Association`s Executive Board will meet here on Monday to finalise the date of its election and take a few crucial decisions on its conduct and modalities.
The Executive Committee is also expected to discuss the recent High Court order on the election for IOA as well as Archery Association of India (AAI).
The simmering war of words between the IOC and the IOA intensified after the former slammed the Indian body for refusing to accept an observer for its upcoming elections and threatened to take action if poll date is not furnished by September 25.
IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra had termed the world body`s decision to send an observer as unacceptable.
But according to IOC, such supervision was necessary owing to the "confusion surrounding the status of Suresh Kalmadi".
Replying to Malhotra`s missive, the world body, in its letter dated September 18, 2012, said: "The IOC and OCA are extremely astonished by the content of your letter and by the fact that you do not seem to understand that the internal situation of your NOC is not as smooth and normal as you want to depict it.
"Should we remind you that, despite our numerous and repeated requests, you and your NOC were unable to take any clear decision vis-a-vis situation of Mr Kalmadi with much confusion surrounding the status, powers and decisions of your NOC Ethics Commission in this affair."
Uncertainty hovers over IOA secretary-general Randhir Singh, who has expressed his willingness to contest the election after initially deciding against it. This also could well be on the agenda on Monday.
As far as AAI election is concerned, the HC in its order had asked the Sports Ministry to issue instructions to the association to enforce the sports code while holding the election.
Besides rendering a person older than 70 years ineligible to run the poll for a sports body office, the sports code also stipulates that no person elected to any office consecutively for three terms with each term being of four years would be eligible to run the poll.