The Indian Olympic Association is advised by the International Olympic Committee to hold elections in January.

After the necessary revisions to the IOA constitution are made, the elections should take place before the end of January next year, according to the IOC.

 

In light of a pending litigation in the Delhi High Court, the International Olympic Committee has advised the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to postpone its December 19 elections, but has urged the body to hold its General Assembly on the same date.

In a letter to IOA president Narinder Batra, the IOC stated that after necessary revisions to the IOA constitution, the elections should take place before the end of January next year.

“As things stand, we note that IOA elections will not be held on December 19, 2021, as planned initially, due to the Court order; however, unless otherwise indicated in the court order, we understand that the IOA General Assembly will still be held on December 19, 2021, with other items on the agenda that are not related to elections,” IOC wrote to Batra in its communication.

“The Elective General Assembly would therefore be rescheduled as soon as feasible, and should take place by the end of January 2022, at the very latest, in order to adhere to the IOA Constitution and the Olympic Charter’s four-year electoral cycle.”

According to PTI, the key issue is a limiting provision in clause 11.1.3 of the IOA constitution that requires candidates for president and secretary general to have previously held the same job or be elected members of any of the IOA’s five previous executive Councils.

“We noted the Court’s judgement, which will, of course, be followed. Unfortunately, such institutional and internal difficulties could not be properly addressed and rectified inside the IOA “According to the letter, The IOC stated that any revisions to the constitution must go through the proper channels before being submitted to the IOC for approval.

“As you know, any proposed amendment to the IOA Constitution should simply follow the IOA Constitution’s due process and be submitted to the IOC for prior approval before being adopted by the IOA General Assembly.”

On the basis of a petition filed by prominent counsel Rahul Mehra, the Delhi High Court has put a hold on elections to the IOA’s executive committee. In his application, Mehra claims that the planned polls on December 19 are completely illegitimate and unsustainable, and that they should be postponed awaiting the outcome of the hearing.

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