New Delhi: IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh today hit back at Vice-President Tarlochan Singh on the controversial scrapping of the Ethics Committee, saying the constitution of the sports body gave the president the power to form any committee or commission.
"I came to know that Tarlochan Singh has made a statement regarding the ethics committee. He is neither the President nor the secretary general of the IOA and is not authorised to speak," said Randhir Singh.
Randhir, who will step down from his post next year when his term comes to an end, said the President doesn`t need the nod of the general body to form any committee.
"They have not understood the constitution of the IOA. The constitution is clear on the powers of the president. He is fully authorised by the Constitution to form any committee or commission. He doesn`t need any permission from the general body to do so," he said.
"The IOA is firm that the president is fully within his rights to form a committee or commission. He doesn`t need any body`s advice."
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), in its General Body Meeting here on December 15, had disbanded Ethics Committee and Arbitration Commission, but apparently after Randhir`s sharp criticism, the IOA said these committees will be formed again as per the unanimous decision of the GBM.
"No member was against Ethics or Arbitration Commission. All the GBM wanted was that it should be taken into confidence while taking such important decision," IOA Vice-President Tarlochan Singh said.
Randhir had criticised the disbanding of the Arbitration Commission and Ethics Committee yesterday, saying it may attract International Olympic Committee`s ire and will bring bad name to the country, already sullied by the Commonwealth Games corruption scandal.