THE NEW DELHI PRESS ASSOCIATION — India’s national Olympic committee has been taken over by a committee appointed by the court, and new elections must be held within four months. This could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s standing in international sports.
The Press Trust of India reports that the three-person administration committee, comprised of a former Supreme Court judge, an election commissioner, and a government bureaucrat, has enlisted the help of Olympians Abhinav Bindra, Anju Bobby George, and Bombayla Devi Laishram.
Prior to this, the International Olympic Committee had warned the IOA that if its scheduled elections in December were not moved up, the IOA would be suspended.
On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court issued its orders in response to FIFA’s decision to suspend the All India Football Federation due to “undue influence from third parties,” meaning India’s Supreme Court. India was set to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October, but the suspension has cast doubt on their ability to do so.
The Indian Olympic Association was the target of the directives from the Delhi High Court “refusal to follow the National Sports Code despite repeated warnings.
The group claimed that positions like IOA president for life violated the country’s constitution and advocated for a cap of three terms in office for all top government officials.
The court emphasized that “sports administration is not a male preserve” and called for more gender equality and senior-level appointments of women.”
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