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SBD Global/September 19, 2013/Olympics

IOC Member Randhir Says Indian Olympic Association Should Accept IOC Directive

IOC member Randhir Singh on Wednesday asked the officials of the suspended Indian Olympic Association "to accept the IOC's directive to bar charge-sheeted persons from contesting elections or face further action from the world body," according to the PTI. Randhir said, "My friends in IOA are misinformed. They don't realize the gravity of the situation. They don't realize that what IOC says, has to be accepted." The IOA "has continued to be in a defiant mood despite the IOC's tough stand on the charge-sheet clause." It had decided in its Special GBM last month "that only those who were sentenced for two or more years would be barred from contesting polls." Randhir, who was IOA Secretary General before the Indian body was suspended by the IOC on Dec. 4, said that "had he been in the eye of storm, he would have rescued himself from discharging duties." Randhir: "If it was me, I would have moved away. It's up to them to answer it and come clear on the issue" (PTI, 9/18).
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