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SBD Global/May 10, 2013/Olympics
Indian Olympic Association President Vijay Kumar Malhotra To Boycott IOC Meeting
Published May 10, 2013
EXPRESSING DISAPPOINTMENT: The PTI also reported the Indian Sports Ministry on Thursday termed Malhotra’s decision to stay away from the May 15 meeting with the IOC as “disappointing,” but said that the IOA acting chief’s presence "would not have in any case mattered too much." Sports Secretary P. K. Deb said, "I am disappointed. I wish he could reconsider his decision and come for the meeting. However, Malhotra’s presence does not matter too much in any case" (PTI, 5/9). THE HINDU reported the Indian Hockey Federation on Thursday "lodged a strong protest with the IOC for including" Batra and Anand in the IOA delegation for the May 15 meeting. IHF Secretary General Ashok Mathur shot off a letter to Rogge, complaining that Batra "represents a body that stands de-recognised by the Government of India and have only provisional affiliation" with the IOA (THE HINDU, 5/9).