IOA reverses decision on scam-tainted Kalmadi and Chautala

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Facing a severe backlash for appointing scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents, the Indian Olympic Association has been forced to revoke its controversial decision.

A top IOA official confirmed that the appointments of Kalmadi and Chautala has been declared “null and void” in order to get the recognition of the Sports Ministry and also to avoid any possible action from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“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.”

A huge national controversy was caused after the IOA on 27 December decided to appoint Commonwealth Games corruption scandal accused Suresh Kalmadi the Life President of Indian Olympic Association in its Annual General Body Meeting in Chennai.

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Chautala, who too is tainted with scam, was also made the Life President by the IOA.

The Indian sports ministry had suspended the recognition granted by it to the IOA unless it reversed its decision.

The Pune-born Kalmadi, also a former Congress Member of Parliament, was a powerful sports officials in his heydays. He was the president of Asian Athletics Association for 13 years from 2000 to 2013. He was last year made Life President of the Asian athletics body last year.

Kalmadi, now 72, was also a member of the powerful ruling council of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) from 2001 to 2013.

Chautala served as the president of Indian Olympic Association from December 2012 to February 2014 when the IOA was suspended by the parent International Olympic Committee for fielding charge-sheeted candidates at the elections. His election as IOA chief was annulled by the IOC.

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