IOA General Secretary Says Organization Can Avoid Suspension By Calling Off Elections
Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Randhir Singh said that the organization "can still avoid an Olympic suspension by calling off its controversial" election on Wednesday, according to Sudipto Ganguly of REUTERS. The IOC "will propose the suspension" to its exec board next week after being told that government regulations would apply for the IOA election. Singh, who has been critical of IOA acting President V.K. Malhotra for going ahead with the election, said, "I think we can still avoid it by calling off the elections. The IOC has clearly said that they will not recognise the election results in the current scenario. What is the hurry?" A Delhi court has asked the IOA to hold the elections "adhering to the government's sports code, while the IOC maintains it can happen only under the rules mentioned in Olympic charter and IOA constitution" (REUTERS, 11/29).