New IOA office-bearers felicitated

The president of the All India Council of Sports (AICS), Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, felicitated the new office-bearers of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), at the Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.

All India Council of Sports (AICS) president, Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, expressed confidence in the ability of newly appointed Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra.   -  RAJEEV BHATT

The president of the All India Council of Sports (AICS), Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, felicitated the new office-bearers of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), at the Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.

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At the start of the felicitation, Prof. Malhotra deeply condoled the demise of his long-time associate in the Indian Olympic movement, Ashok Kumar Mattoo, the former president of the Amateur Indian Boxing Federation and the treasurer of the IOA, who passed away on Wednesday after a prolonged illness.

Looking at the challenges ahead, the AICS president said that Narinder Batra had taken over the mantle of IOA at the right time and expressed confidence that he would coordinate with the Sports Ministry and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to prepare the Indian contingent for the Commonwealth and Asian Games in 2018, and eventually the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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On his part, Batra assured that the IOA would have a smooth working relationship with the Sports Ministry and the SAI, taking care of the ‘’contentious issues’’ in a healthy way.

The vice president of IOA, Sudhanshu Mittal said that the Sports Code needed to be thoroughly examined and redrafted to ensure the efficient functioning of the National Sports Federations and in the process, clear the negative public perception.

The joint secretary of IOA, Vikram Sisodia, requested the IOA president to constitute a committee to study the Sports Code and submit its recommendations for consideration to the Sports Ministry.

The treasurer of IOA, Anandeshwar Pandey, stressed the need to have a good public relation so as to keep everyone informed about the good work of the IOA and the national federations.

  • The new IOA office-bearers: President: Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra;
  • Senior vice-president: R.K. Anand; secretary-general: Rajeev Mehta;
  • Treasurer: Anandeshwar Pandey