IOA annuls Abhay Chautala, Suresh Kalmadi’s appointment as life presidents

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) denied passing of any resolution to appoint Abhay Chautala and Suresh Kalmadi as life presidents, as was reported in the end of December.

IOA president N Ramachandran said no resolution to appoint Abhay Chautala and Suresh Kalmadi as life presidents were passed at the Chennaid AGM, on Tuesday.

Kalmadi, a former IOA Chief and Chautala, a Haryana MLA were named as patrons after the IOA’s annual general meet in Chennai on December 28, when IOA said their return to the top sports body was ‘unanimous’.

On December 30, the sports ministry had suspended the IOA for not replying to a show-cause notice that asked the body to explain why it had named Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life-presidents.

The sports ministry had issued the show cause notice on December 28, a day after the association’s AGM in Chennai had unanimously decided to bring back former chiefs Kalmadi and Chautala as life patrons.

The sports ministry had given the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) three days to reply to the notice. That deadline expired on Friday. The IOA has sought a 15-day period to respond, saying its president Ramachandran “is abroad.”

At the time, sports minister Vijay Goel told reporters that the IOA was “being suspended” till Kalmadi and Chautala were removed officially. Both Kalmadi and Chautala have corruption charges against them.

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