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SBD Global/November 22, 2013/Olympics

Indian Olympic Association Seeks To End Longstanding Impasse With IOC

Served with the ultimatum from the IOC to either bar charge-framed persons from contesting elections or face de-recognition, senior Indian Olympic Association officials "are seeking quick solutions to end the long-standing impasse with the apex body," according to the PTI. Following the world body's ultimatum on Nov. 15 to the suspended IOA, to either amend the constitution by Dec. 10 or face de-recognition, a key Indian official "has spoken to a senior IOC official who has made it clear that the country will have to face the inevitable if it does not bar charge-framed persons." In a letter circulated internally to the top brass of the IOA, Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra has suggested that the IOA will now "have to fall in line with the IOC diktat or face expulsion from the Olympic family." De-recognition "would mean that India would cease to be part of the Olympic Movement and the country's sportspersons will not be allowed to take part in any international event" (PTI, 11/21). IANS reported the IOC exec board "will recommend to the IOC Council, set to meet in February, to withdraw the recognition of the IOA and replace it with an adhoc body" (IANS, 11/21).
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