Sports Ministry suspends IOA for appointing Kalmadi, Chautala
�The IOA now can�t take any financial assistance, facilities and privileges from the government till the time they are suspended,� said Goel.
In an attempt to get Indian Olympic Association (IOA) bend on its order, the Sports Ministry has suspended IOA till it reverses the decision to make the scam-tainted duo of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala its life presidents.
This comes after IOA failed to reply to its show cause notice with the deadline ending at 5 pm on Thursday. However, later IOA sought 15 days time from the Sports Ministry as its president N Ramachandran is out of the country.
“The government can’t approve of wrong things. The show cause notice issued to the IOA was a serious one but they didn’t respond and instead sought 15 days time. So the government has decided to suspend IOA till the time they withdraw the appointments,” Sports Minister Vijay Goel said.
It is to be noted that following the suspension, the IOA will cease to enjoy the privileges and prerogatives bestowed on it by the government as the National Olympic Committee (NOC).
“The IOA now can’t take any financial assistance, facilities and privileges from the government till the time they are suspended,” said Goel.
The government was not satisfied with the response of IOA since they have not given any substantive reply especially with regard to the non-eligibility of Kalmadi and Chautala.
“This is a serious violation of the norms of good governance by IOA which is the mother sports body and corrective action needs to be taken immediately as it is a matter of national prestige and public sentiments.
“Although the government has utmost respect for the Olympic Charter and is committed to protecting the autonomy of sports, it cannot remain a mute spectator to a blatant violation of principles of ethic and good governance by IOA, thereby putting the image and prestige of the country at stake,” the Minister said.
“By appointing charge sheeted persons the IOA has flouted all rules and regulations mentioned in its own Constitution and that of International Olympic Committee.
“The government stands for good governance, principles of ethics and the implementation of National Sports Code,” Goel added.
Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position at the IOA’s Annual General Meeting in Chennai on December 27, shocking the Indian sporting fraternity and leaving the Sports Ministry fuming.
However, Kalmadi declined the offer amid uproar but Chautala continued to be defiant.