After the news of Commonwealth games scam accused Suresh kalmadi and another tainted former president Abhay Singh Chautala being elevated to life presidents by the IOA at its Annual General Meeting in Chennai on Tuesday created uproar all over India, sports ministry has sent a show cause notice to Indian Olympics Association for this move. Sports ministry also threatened to end all ties with Indian Olympics Association if it failed to sack Kalmadi and Chautala.
“This move is against the constitution of IOA and is not acceptable to the Sports Ministry. I am disappointed by the decision because both are facing cases of corruption. We want transparency in sports. Till the time, these two don’t resign or are sacked, we will not deal with the IOA,” sports minister Vijay Goel told reporters. Earlier, sports minister Shri Vijay Goel had tweeted, “Transparency & accountability is vital in sports; until Kalmadi & Chautala resign or are removed, we will not deal with IOA in any form.”
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) December 28, 2016
Soon after sports ministry took a very strong stand asking Indian Olympics Association to sack the duo of Kalmadi and Chautala, both of whom are tainted in various scams, Suresh Kalmadi declined the post. “I thank the Indian Olympic Association for conferring the honour of Life President on me. However, I do not feel that it would be appropriate for me to accept this honour at this time,” Kalmadi said in a letter addressed to IOA president N Ramachandran.
Associate vice-president of Indian Olympics Association Narinder Batra, who is now the president of International Hockey Federation, criticised the move and called for the duo to step aside. “I might be quitting the IOA soon because I can’t be associated with something which does not make sense to me in terms of good governance. They should not accept this position till the time their names are cleared,” Batra said, opposing the officials, who voted unanimously for the appointment of Kalmadi and Chautala in Chennai.
We welcome the brave and bold stand taken by sports minister Shri Vijay Goel in forcing Indian Olympics Association to sack Chautala and Kalmadi, both of whom are accused in high value corruption cases.