IOA does a U-turn to cancel appointment of Kalmadi & Chautala

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Suresh Kalmadi. Photo: PTI

File photo of Suresh Kalmadi. Photo: PTI

Days after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) received severe criticism for appointing scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents of the sports association, the organisation has now revoke its decision.

“Both Kamaldi and Chautala’s appointments have been declared null and void as after going through all the documents of the AGM we found out that there were technical fault in the decision,” a top IOA official told PTI.

“Kamaldi and Chautala are no longer part of IOA and have nothing to do with IOA,” he said.

Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position at the IOA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chennai on December 27.  As outrage followed, the Sports Ministry de-recognised the sports body over the controversial appointments.

The Ministry had threatened IOA, saying it’s suspension will continue until it decides to reverse its decision of appointing Kalmadi and Chautala as its life presidents.

Kalmadi is an accused in the 2010 Commonwealth Games corruption scam and has also spent nine months in jail, Chautala is facing a trial in disproportionate assets case.

Interestingly, Kalmadi did not accept the honourary post until he gets a clean chit from the court, Chautala was defiant and decided to stick to his position until he was asked by the IOC to do so.

Kalmadi is an accused in the 2010 Commonwealth Games corruption scam and has also spent nine months in jail, Chautala is facing a trial in disproportionate assets case.

Interestingly, Kalmadi did not accept the honourary post until he gets a clean chit from the court, Chautala was defiant and decided to stick to his position until he was asked by the IOC to do so.

(With inputs from PTI)