The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) which was highly criticised for appointing Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as its life president decided to reverse its decision on Tuesday.
IOA president Narayana Ramachandran denied passing of any resolution to appoint them as IOA’s life presidents. According to the ANI, the president said no resolution was passed in the Chennai AGM.
On December 28, after the IOA’s annual general meet in Chennai, the scan-tainted Kalmadi, a former IOA chief and Chautala, a Haryana MLA were named as life presidents.
But IOA’s decision didn’t go well with the sports ministry, BJP and the Congress and it created a fuss. The sports ministry on December 30 had suspended IOA for not replying to a show cause notice.
The show cause notice was issued on December 28 which asked the IOA to give explanations why it decided to bring back the scam-tainted duo.
The sports ministry had given three days time to reply to the notice and the deadline was expired on Friday. Instead, the IOA sought 15 days time to respond and said the president was abroad.
The sports minister Vijay Goel said the IOA was being suspended till Kalmadi and Chautala were removed officially. He said, “Sports is a public property and Indian Olympic Association has to abide by the laws of the land. It is not their personal property and does whatever they want.”
IOA’s assistant vice-president Narinder Batra also resigned from his position in protest over the appointments.
Kalmadi already stepped back from the post. Earlier this week, he sent a letter to the IOA. He wrote that this is not the ‘appropriate’ time to accept the proposal and he will accept it when his “name will be cleared”.
Kalmadi served as the IOA president from 1996 to 2011. But he was involved in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games corruption and was jailed for 10 months.
Earlier this month, Chautala was appointed as the chief of the Haryana Olympic Association (HOA) by the IOA. He served as the IOA president from December 2012 to February 2014 when International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the IOA for fielding charge-sheeted candidates at the elections.