IOA case heard in Supreme Court
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The Supreme Court on Thursday entrusted the responsibility of amending the constitution of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to its former judge Justice Nageswara Rao. Not only will the Constitution be amended under the supervision of Justice Rao, but under his leadership, the way for the IOA elections will be prepared by December 15. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli has appointed IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta and Vice President Adil Sumariwala for the meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be held on September 27.
Former judge will also prepare voter list for election
The order said that Justice Rao would be assisted by the Sports Ministry and all his expenses would be borne by the IOA. With the amendment of the Constitution, Justice Rao has also been given the responsibility of preparing the voter list for the IOA elections. The top court said in the order that the former judges will ensure a clean and development-oriented approach keeping in mind the future of the Olympics in the country. Following the apex court’s order, the second IOA representative RK Anand, former acting president Anil Khanna and Namdev Shirgaonkar will no longer be able to attend the meeting with the IOC to be held in Lausanne (Switzerland) on September 27.
Nita Ambani, Bindra may also be representatives in meeting with IOC
Sources reveal that apart from Mehta and Sumariwala, IOC member Nita Ambani, joint secretary as representative of the sports ministry and Beijing Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, may also attend the meeting with the IOC, sources said. On September 8, the IOC had given a final warning to suspend the IOA’s administration and pending elections. The IOC had said that it would be suspended if the issues were not resolved by December. The IOC has scheduled a meeting with the IOA on September 27 to resolve these ongoing issues.
IOC turned down the request to postpone the meeting
Sources reveal that a request was also made by the IOA to postpone the IOC meeting on September 27. The meeting was asked to go ahead citing the National Games, but the IOC categorically refused and asked to hold the meeting only on 27 September. The IOC refused to accept any interim or acting president during this period in the IOA and gave talks to Secretary General Rajeev Mehta.