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SBD Global/January 15, 2013/Olympics

IOC Suggests A Meeting To Reconsider India's Olympic Ban, With Strict IOA Election Rules

The IOC has proposed to hold a meeting with the Indian Olympic Association and government representatives, maintaining that it would consider lifting the ban on India, but "only if the IOA holds elections solely under the Olympic Charter," according to the PTI. In a letter written to V.K. Malhotra, who was the acting IOA chief before the controversial elections, and IOC member Randhir Singh, the IOC "made it clear that it will not deal with the current dispensation" led by politician Abhay Singh Chautala. The world body listed two prerequisites "for it to consider" lifting India's ban, "which made it clear that the government's Sports Code will have no relevance." The letter read: "The suspended IOA must be in a position to hold free, fair, transparent and credible elections without any external interference and exclusively on the basis of Olympic Charter and IOA's Constitution." It continued, "The suspended IOA reviews its own constitution and internal regulations and makes any necessary amendments, in close collaboration with the IOC and subject to IOC's approval, to improve its internal governance and include proper and concrete mechanisms to ensure good governance at all levels and implement all basic ethical principles" (PTI, 1/14).
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