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IOA Slams Gov't For Writing To IOC, Which Threatens To Suspend India
Published November 26, 2012
PULLING OUT OF THE RACE: The PTI wrote the "controversy-marred IOA elections took a dramatic twist" on Sunday with Randhir Singh withdrawing his nomination for the post of president, clearing the decks for Abhay Singh Chautala to take charge of the high-profile post. Randhir's withdrawal from the contest "on a day of dramatic development put an end to the bitter and acrimonious campaign between the rival factions in the run-up to the elections." Randhir said that "he was doing so in the light of the IOC's warning to India to disaffiliate if the elections are held under government's Sports Code and that it would not recognise such a poll" (PTI, 11/25).
ATTACKING THE IOC: The TNN's Biswajyoti Brahma noted former Sports Minister MS Gill, the man behind the Sports Code which has led to the IOC threatening the IOA with a ban, called the int'l body a "paper tiger" on Friday and "criticized it for trying to block good practices which it itself follows." Gill said, "What is a good practice for the IOC is being sought to be blocked in India." He added, "Soon after I became the sports minister, I faced serious questions from the Delhi high court. I looked into the matter and decided that the reforms had to be done immediately for the good of Indian sportspersons. I framed a detailed order (on May 2, 2010) in which I limited everyone to finally retire from sports management at age 70. I limited the president's tenure to 12 years and executive members' tenure, to 8 years. These, in fact, I copied from the IOC's own regulations (charter)" (TNN, 11/25). The PTI noted Gill rejected the IOC's stand, calling it smacks of "sports imperialism." Gill "attacked the IOC for trying to intimidate India." He said, "They (the IOC) do not like to annoy their voters in any manner. I also see that there is clear sports imperialism of the west in all games. The control over each game, is essentially with the western world. Political imperialism has gone but not sports imperialism" (PTI, 11/25).