New Delhi, Jan 10: The Indian Olympics Association (IOA) has officially cancelled the decision to appoint Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents.
In a letter addressed to Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas IOA President N. Ramachandran said that “In the annual general meeting held in Chennai on 27.12 2016 at the fag end of the meeting a point was raised by a member stating that IOA should nominate 2 (two) Life Presidents.”
“As no notice in writing was received (within) at least seven clear days as per the constitution clause VII (h) no resolution was put to vote and passed,” he said.
Ramachandran said that members could make proposals in a meeting but if it did not meet the provisions of the constitution, it could not be assumed that the proposal had been approved and passed in the meeting.
“In the view of the above, since the proposal was not in accordance with the constitution, the inconvenience and embarrassment caused to the individuals concerned, members of IOA and to all is sincerely regretted,” Ramachandran said.
The IOA’s decision to appoint Kalmadi and Chautala as life presidents had invited severe criticism from various quarters with the sports ministry issuing a show-cause notice before suspending the deemed recognition of the national Olympic body.
Kalmadi served as the IOA President from 1996 to 2011. But he was jailed for 10 months regarding his involvement in the corruption during 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Chautala is a former chief of Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) and his term at the helm of the IOA was full of controversy. He also faced corruption charges.
IOA’s decision to appoint the duo as life President invited criticism due to their tainted past.