IOA asked to reply to show-cause notice by Friday

The Indian Olympic Association has been given time till Friday to respond to a show-cause notice issued by the Sports Ministry for its controversial decision to appoint Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala Life Presidents.

Suresh Kalmadi (left) and Abhay Singh Chautala (right) have both declined to accept the post offered by IOA.   -  PTI

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has been given time till Friday to reply to the show-cause notice issued by Sports Ministry which has threatened derecognition of the sports body if it does not reverse its decision to make scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala Life Presidents.

Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position at the IOA's Annual General Meeting in Chennai on December 27, shocking the Indian sporting landscape and leaving the Sports Ministry fuming. As the storm gained in intensity, Kalmadi was the first to step aside on Wednesday, before Chautala did the same.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that it will severe ties with the IOA if the controversial decision is not overturned. "In the General Body Meeting of IOA held on 27-12-2016 at Chennai, a resolution was passed to appoint Shri Suresh Kalmadi and Shri Abhay Singh Chautala as Life Presidents. And therefore, persons who cannot contest elections for any post in the IOA have been appointed as Life President of IOA, which in spirit is violative of both IOC's conditionalities and IOA's own constitution," the notice said.

"In view of the above, the IOA is asked to show cause as to why IOA should continue to be recognised as the NOC and government support/assistance of all nature should not be stopped when it has failed to conform to the basic principles of ethics and good governance, violated the directive of the IOC and violated its own rules and thus has adversely impacted the standing and prestige of the country.

"Your reply should reach the office of the undersigned latest by 17.00hrs of 30 December 2016, failing which it would be construed that you have nothing to say in the matter and action will be taken accordingly," the ministry notice said.


Sports Minister Vijay Goel told PTI that he has no personal issues with Chautala but was forced to take such a step for the good of Indian sport. "There is nothing personal against them. Mr. Chautala has been chargesheeted in a few cases. The ministry was forced to take such a step," Goel said.

"What the IOA has done is totally unacceptable. [It has] not adhered to the charter of IOC and has bypassed [its] own rules. [It has] also not followed National Sports Development Code. We had recognised the IOA thinking that [it] will follow the principles of ethics and good governance," he said.

"I hope good sense will prevail and these decisions are withdrawn. IOA should follow good governance and ethics," the minister added.