State Times NewsJAMMU: In the current pandemic scare of coronavirus, the sports activities in India has also come to a grinding halt. Not only this, bickering in officials of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) have come to forefront and undoubtedly will jeopardize the high standard of sports in India. The whimsical style of functioning of President IOA Narinder Batra has become the talk of the town amongst sports lovers and various National sports federations of India. The fissures among the top officials of the Indian Olympic Association have come out in the open with Secretary General Rajeev Mehta terming President Narinder Batra’s decision to dissolve the Ethics Commission as ‘illegal’. The recent dismissal of Ethics Commission by Batra has been alleged as unconstitutional and violative to IOA rules, which has been reinstated by Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General IOA for which the Commission was constituted for the term 2017-2021. According to Mehta as per annual general body meeting of IOA held in December 2017, President and Secretary General IOA were authorized jointly to nominate chairman, conveners and members of various committees for the smooth conduct of IOA functioning. Mehta said a member of the Ethics Commission can only be removed from office by a decision of the Executive Council and according to the Ethics Rules. Hence unilateral decision of dismissing Ethics Commission by president of IOA is uncalled for and illegal which may jeopardize the transparent functioning of IOA, as per Mehta. The rules provide for a four-year term of the Ethics Commission. Mehta claimed the Ethics Rules were sought to be changed and he said “there has been a clear case of breach of trust and mishandling”. Not only this Anandeshwar Pandey, Treasurer of IOA, who is also Secretary General of Handball Federation of India, has also deplored the action of President IOA and has urged the government to intervene in the affairs of IOA in resolving its day-to-day working upholding high standard of sports in India. Pandey termed the recent actions taken by its president Narinder Batra as “violative of the IOA Constitution” and demanded a meeting of the top sports body’s Executive Council. Pandey said in his 40 years of association with the IOA, he has “not seen such violation of constitution and spirit of trust and goodwill”. It is ironical to know that two important members of IOA, Secretary General and Treasurer have alleged the misconduct of Batra as President IOA is most disgusting and bringing down the image of Indian sports at present juncture. Kuldeep Magotra, Associate Secretary Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) strongly condemned the attitude of the President IOA in maligning India’s sports image in the world. Early ousting of Batra will set the things right and bring improvement in overall functioning of IOA, he said.
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