IOC, IOA Continue 'Simmering War Of Words'
The "simmering war of words" between the IOC and the Indian Olympic Association "intensified with the IOC slamming the IOA for refusing to accept an observer for its upcoming elections and threatened to take action" if the poll date is not furnished by Sept. 25, according to the PTI. In response to a Sept. 13 missive by IOA President V.K. Malhotra, in which he had termed the world body's decision to send an observer "as unacceptable," the IOC said that such supervision was necessary owing to the "confusion surrounding the status" of former IOA President Suresh Kalmadi. In a letter the IOC wrote: "The IOC and OCA [Olympic Council of Asia] are extremely astonished by the content of your letter and by the fact that you do not seem to understand that the internal situation of your NOC is not as smooth and normal as you want to depict it" (PTI, 9/20).