Former sports minister Ajay Maken slams Kalmadi, Chautala appointments in IOA

Former sports minister Ajay Maken has criticised Indian Olympic Association�s (IOA) decision to appoint Commonwealth Games scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as lifetime presidents of the body.

Former sports minister Ajay Maken slams Kalmadi, Chautala appointments in IOA

Former sports minister Ajay Maken has criticised Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA)  decision to appoint Commonwealth Games scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as lifetime presidents of the body.

Speaking to the media at a press conference on Monday in the national capital, Maken requested current sports minister Vijay Goel to take strong actions against these appointments.

"There should be the pressure on IOA. All the members are related to political parties and I would like to urge them to take back the decision," Maken said.


Maken warned the IOA that the body was suspended by the International Olympic Committee earlier due to Chautala's election as president in 2012 and the same could happen again.



He further said that these appointments will hurt India's image globally and urged leaders from all political parties and the ruling BJP government to take strict action against this move.

Sport Minister Vijay Goel on Tuesday had said that was 'shocked at the resolution' appointing Chautala and Kalmadi as as lifetime presidents of the IOA.

“We are shocked at the resolution passed by IOA to make Kalmadi and Chautala life presidents. It is totally unrespectable. We shall review the situation and take necessary action. We have asked for the report. Will also talk to the IOA office bearers and take necessary steps (sic),” Goel had said.

Goel had said he will seek report on the matter and take 'action'. Hitting out at Goel, Chautala said Goel has some problem with him. "I think Vijay Goel has some issues with me but I don't know what it is," he said.

“Vijay Goel must have had a separate issue that would have forced him into making comments on Tuesday. He should focus on promoting sport and not turn this into an unnecessary controversy,” Chautala said to ANI.