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SBD Global/September 26, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

IOA Must Review Its General Assembly Before It Goes Through With Planned Elections

The Indian Olympic Association on Monday decided to review the composition of its General Assembly before holding its elections, according to THE HINDU. Although it had already decided to hold the elections on Nov. 25, the IOA Exec Council that met on Monday also decided to form a standing committee to look into the "electoral college" to "ensure that the stipulation of the IOC regarding Olympic sports disciplines being included in general body was followed." The move is "clearly an attempt to buy more time amidst court ruling and government diktats as well as an attempt to enlarge the electoral college, much against convention," just prior to the elections. The voting majority in the IOA is currently held by the National Sports Federations. All of the summer Olympic sports federations constitute the majority voting members of the IOA. The attempt now is to see whether separate winter sports federations, instead of solely the Winter Games Federation of India, "could be roped in to be part of the IOA voting majority to ostensibly fall in line with the Olympic Charter" (THE HINDU, 9/25).
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