Hope IOC-IOA dispute resolves on Dec 8: Sports Minister

Patiala: Sports Minister Jitendra Singh is hopeful that the dispute between International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Indian Olympic Association would be resolved during IOA`s General Body Meeting in New Delhi on December 8.

Speaking to mediapersons during his visit to NIS, Patiala he hoped that "General Body meeting of IOA, scheduled for Sunday, may resolve the issue".

The IOC has called its meeting of executive board on December 10 and 11 at its headquarters in Lausanne and may de-recognise IOA if the Indian association fails to amend its constitution to ensure that charge-framed parsons are barred from contesting elections.

The IOC has refused to compromise on ethics and has threatened that the already suspended IOA may be de-recognised if it does not fall in line.

The IOA, currently under suspension, has repeatedly defied IOC directives and refused to incorporate a specific clause in its constitution, which will throw out officials `charged-framed` in a court of law.

The IOA special general body met on October 27 to amend its constitution but proposed that the cases of those who have been charged-framed for serious criminal and corruption cases will be referred to its own ethics committee, which will take a final call on their fate.

However, the IOC stood its ground and shot off another strongly-worded letter, giving the IOA one last chance, failing which it will propose India`s de-recognition at its executive board meeting.

De-recognition would effectively mean that Indian athletes will not be able to participate in events like the Olympics and Asian Games, and if the international sports federations follow suit, the sportspersons will not be able to take part in other competitions as well.