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Nov 28, 2012 at 06:47pm IST

IOA faces international suspension

New Delhi: The drama surrounding the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) took a fresh twist on Wednesday when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed their stand on the IOA's suspension. Earlier on Friday, the world body had warned the IOA of the same if the December 5 polls were conducted as per the government's Sports Code.

The IOC on Wednesday proposed the idea of a suspension at the executive board meeting and expressed surprise that the IOA was still going though with the election process, slamming them for not taking the warning seriously.

The IOC was also critical of the IOA and its activities, claiming that it had failed to defend the principles of the Olympic Charter.

IOC in its earlier letter -- that was signed by its chief Jacques Rogge and Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah -- had warned that India would be suspended if the December 5 elections are held under the government's Sports Code and not under the Olympic Charter.

The world body reiterated its directive to the IOA as expressed in its letter on November 23 to present its position to the IOC by November 30 or face suspension.

IOA acting chief V K Malhotra, in a reply to IOC's November 23 letter, had requested the world body to send a delegation to India to resolve the issue.

"... the IOC and OCA will not send delegates to India at this stage. From your letter of 26 November, we came to the conclusion that the IOA and the Government authorities are unable to rectify the situation in order for the IOA elections to be conducted in line with the Olympic Charter and the IOA Constitution, as required by the IOC," the latest IOC letter said.

"In view of the above, it is hereby confirmed that a proposal for suspension of the IOA will be presented to the IOC Executive Board at its next meeting on 4-5 December 2012, based on Rules 27.9 and 59.1.4 of the Olympic Charter," the letter said.

"As mentioned in the IOC/OCA letter of 23 November, the IOA is invited to provide all necessary explanations and to present its position in writing to the IOC no later than 30 November 2012," it said.