IOC asks Gill not to implement regulation till meeting

Updated: May 12, 2010, 17:19 PM IST

New Delhi: International Olympic Committee
has threatened to take "protective measures" against India if
the Sports Ministry does not put on hold its regulation that
seeks to limit the tenures of sports bosses in the country
till its meeting with the IOC.

In a letter to Sports Minister MS Gill, IOC National
Olympic Committee Relations Director Pere Miro welcomed the
government`s proposal for a dialogue but said the regulation
should not be implemented till then.

"In order to further discuss these issues openly and
resolve this matter amicably, we would be very pleased to
accept your proposal and to organise a meeting as soon as
possible in Lausanne," Miro wrote, saying he was instructed by
IOC President Jacques Rogge to write on his behalf.

"Nevertheless, until this dialogue is established, it is
our understanding that the guidelines which you have issued
will not be imposed in a mandatory manner on the organisations
of the Olympic Movement in India.”

"Otherwise, we would unfortunately be obliged to consider
the protective measures provided for in the Olympic Charter,"
the IOC official warned.

The Sports Ministry recently issued a guideline which
suggests National Sports Federation (NSF) presidents cannot
continue for more than 12 years, with or without break, while
secretaries and treasurers can work eight years at a stretch
but would have to take a four-year break before seeking a

Besides, it advocated all sports administrators should
retire at 70.

The guidelines hurt Indian Olympic Association President
Suresh Kalmadi and NSF chiefs including VK Malhotra (archery),
Jagdish Tytler (Judo) and SS Dhindsa (Cycling) who have been
at the helm for more than a decade.

Pointing out that they are governed by Olympic Charter
and that government cannot infringe on their autonomy, IOA
already has produced letter of supports from IOC and the
Olympic Council of Asia.

The Sports Ministry replied to that by sending a
detailed response to IOC and offering to send an official to
Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss the issue.

Miro said the issue was not whether limiting terms of the
sports administrators was appropriate or not but no external
body could determine it, the IOC official said.

"...Our point is that such measures (which relate to the
internal operations of those organisations) must not be
decided or imposed by law or an external body`s decision but
must be decided freely and democratically by the competent
organs of those organisations, on a case-by-case basis," Miro

"This is our understanding of what autonomy of the
Olympic and sports organisations means and it is one of the
basic principles that govern the Olympic Movement which
everyone, including the public authorities in each country,
must respect if those organisations wish to continue belonging
to the Olympic Movement," he asserted.

While issuing the guidelines, Sports Ministry had pointed
out that IOC itself follows a tenure limitation for its
presidents and executive committee members who have to retire
at 70.

Miro, however, made it clear that the restrictions were
for IOC only and the National Olympic Committees like IOA are
free to decide whether they want to follow it or not.

"...although the ICC has adopted its own internal rules
in relation to these matters (which are applicable to the IOC
only), the Olympic Charter leaves it up to each
freely and democratically decide whether they wish to apply
similar measures," he said.