Sports Ministry issues notice to IOA; Suresh Kalmadi declines post

NEW DELHI:  Suresh Kalmadi, the man known for his involvement in the CommonWealth Games scam, on Wednesday declined the position of the Indian Olympic Association’s life president even as the sports ministry issued a show-cause notice to the IOA for its controversial decision.

“I thank the Indian Olympic Association for conferring the honour of Life President on me. However, I do not feel that it would be appropriate for me to accept this honour at this time,” Kalmadi said in a letter addressed to IOA president N Ramachandran.

“I am confident that my name will be cleared and I will defer acceptance of the honour till such time,” he added.

Kalmadi alongwith another tainted former president Abhay Singh Chautala were elevated to life presidents by the IOA at its Annual General Meeting in Chennai on Tuesday.

The move triggered a storm with the ministry issuing a showcause notice to the IOA and also threatening to severe ties with the body if it failed to sack the duo, of which Kalmadi decided to step back.

“This move is against the constitution of IOA and is not acceptable to the Sports Ministry. I am disappointed by the decision because both are facing cases of corruption. We want transparency in sports. Till the time, these two don’t resign or are sacked, we will not deal with the IOA,” sports minister Vijay Goel told reporters.

Earlier, while the IOA top brass went incommunicado for some time before associate vice-president Narinder Batra, who is now the president of International Hockey Federation, criticised the move and called for the duo to step aside.


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