HOA led by Rathee to take IOA to Court

Chandigarh: The tussle for control over the
Haryana Olympic Association is all set to stretch longer with
the faction led by P V Rathee on Tuesday threatening legal action
against the IOA for giving recognition to the body headed by
INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala.

"We will be moving Court against the IOA soon," Rathee, a
senior IPS officer, said.

The Dispute and Affiliation Committee formed by the IOA
had two days back ruled in favour of the HOA faction led by
Chautala, terming them as the real group.

"The Committee has no legal sanctity. We have sought a
copy of the verdict from them and as soon as we get it, we
would be moving the Court. A (Panchkula) Court had earlier
passed permanent injunction restraining them (Abhay faction)
from using HOA banner or sending teams under it," Rathee said.

He claimed the HOA led by him was authorised to send
teams for various events.

Rathee also said that the sports talent hunt scheme
started by them to draw budding talent from around the state
had attracted massive response.

"We want to make the whole system transparent. On June
23, the day when Olympic Day will be celebrated, we will be
releasing scholarships for the selected talent," he said.

Meanwhile, Nafe Singh Rathi, President, Haryana State
Athletics Association welcomed the decision of R K Anand,
Chairman, IOA, Disputes and Affiliation Committee by
recognising the Abhay Chautala headed faction as the "real

"HOA (led by Rathee) was illegally constituted," Nafi
Singh claimed.

He alleged the state government was not cooperating and
budding sportspersons of State were facing great difficulties.

"The Government stopped the grant?in?aid for State Sports
Associations," he claimed.

The two factions have been at loggerheads since 2006 when
after coming to power, the Congress government formed its own
state Olympic Association, with Kurukshetra MP Navin Jindal,
as president.

In September 2007, the B S Hooda government in Haryana
appointed IAS officer R R Jowel as Administrator to look after
the HOA and a year later P V Rathee was elected president.


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