Indian Olympic Association today set up a two-member committee of senior officials for the smooth conduct of 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen`s Baton Relay in Agra and here even as it decided to invite mostly Delhi-based 2010 CWG medal winners for the programmes on October 12 and 13.
The AAI president V K Malhotra on Saturday said that in order to make the competition tougher, they wanted all the top archers to participate in the ongoing National Ranking Championship which will be considered as trial for World Cup (Stage III) in Columbia.
In a dramatic development, the IOA`s acting president V K Malhotra and IOC member in India Randhir Singh today pulled out of the crucial meeting with the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne next week, apparently miffed with the world body`s changed stance.
Expressing shock over the untimely death of India international Pratima Boro, Archery Association of India president V K Malhotra on Saturday demanded that the inquiry report into the tragic incident be sent to him "at the earliest".
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday that the stand-off between the government and the IOA over the contentious Sports Code was nearing resolution, a development which could pave the way for India putting up a united front in the joint meeting with the IOC in May.
The suspended Indian Olympic Association is willing to amend its constitution in line with age and tenure guidelines of the controversial Sports Code of the government, a top IOA official said on Saturday.
Clean Sports India, a movement for corruption-free sports in the country, on Friday wrote to the International Olympic Committee, accusing acting Indian Olympic Association president V K Malhotra of protecting corrupt and inefficient system under the garb of "autonomy".
The Indian Olympic Association has sought directions from its world parent body on how to resolve the country`s ban from the Olympic movement, after a crucial joint meeting was postponed for the second time in two months, due to the stand-off between the IOA and the government.
Undeterred by IOC`s refusal to recognise it, the Indian Olympic Association has decided to go ahead with its Executive Council meeting on January 19, a move which could put National Sports Federations in a spot in the wake of the world body`s warning not to deal with the IOA.
Cleans Sports India, a movement for corruption-free sports in the country, today appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought his intervention as far as following the Sports Code in the upcoming IOA elections was concerned.
Table Tennis Federation of India president Ajay Chautala today claimed that Randhir Singh has violated the Olympic Charter by approaching the government to seek clarification on his candidature for the president`s post of the upcoming polls of the Indian Olympic Association.
IOA presidential candidate Randhir Singh has questioned the authority of acting chief V K Malhotra to appoint the new chairman of Election Commission for next week`s polls following S Y Quraishi`s resignation, which has evoked sharp reaction from rival Abhay Singh Chautala`s camp.
The sudden resignation of S Y Quraishi, the chairman of the IOA`s election commission, today sparked off a fresh round of bickering between the two rival camps, who are holding each other responsible for the postponement of the November 25 polls.
The much-awaited Indian Olympic Association`s election took a dramatic twist on Saturday with the chairman of the election committee, S Y Quraishi resigning from the post, leading to a likely postponement of the controversial polls barely a week before the scheduled date.