Bangalore: India’s Olympic ban got everyone questioning the integrity of the system. With corrupt leaders the ban wasn’t a surprise; rather it was seen as a blessing in disguise. This month may put an end to the Olympic woes. Two members recognised in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Union sports minister Jitendra Singh are invited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for discussion in Lausanne to resolve the IOA’s suspension and set the path for new elections, as reported by TNN.
The IOA acting-president VK Malhotra and IOC member Randhir Singh received the letter which said, “We are writing to you to follow up on our letter of January 14, 2013 and to renew our invitation to you to come to Lausanne together with the sports minister of India for a joint meeting with IOC and Olympic Council of Asia. We request that you agree with the sports minister on a suitable date to come to Lausanne, which should be no later than March 31, 2013, and that you submit a concrete proposal to us by the end of next week. As soon as we agree on a date, we will extend an official invitation to the sports minister,” as reported by TNN. The aversion towards the Chautala group by IOC’s continues which was referred in its earlier letters as ‘illegitimate.’
The letter, written jointly by NOC relations director of the IOC Pere Miro and director-general and technical director of Olympic Council of Asia Husain Al-Musallam, said, “We also request that, for this joint meeting, the suspended IOA be represented by you and by a few other prominent members of the executive committee of suspended IOA (as it was before the suspension of IOA). In view of this, please submit to us the names and functions of the people who will make up the delegation of the suspended IOA,” as reported by TNN.
After seeking response fron IOA, the International Olympic Committee informed ther the agenda of the meeting would revolve around ‘an action plan and a roadmap, with clear deadlines, to sort out all pending issues and pave way for free, fair, democratic and transparent elections in the IOA on the basis of a revised IOA Constitution and the Olympic Charter, without any outside interference.’
The Indian sporting stars hoped that the ban will be effective enough to clean up the system and put an end to the corruption that it reeked off. As the IOC is reconsidering its decisions of keeping India out it could be taken as a fresh chance for IOA to keep its game clean from now on.