IOA to discuss govt guidelines on age and tenure at AGM

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Ranchi, Feb 11 (PTI) With the government guidelines onage and tenure of sports administrators high on their agenda,the Indian Olympic Association will have its annual generalmeeting at a city hotel here tomorrow.

The government had restored the contentious clause,relating to age and tenure of office-bearers of the NationalSports Federations (NSFs) in May last year.

IOA had refused to adhere to the guidelines while morethan 24 NSFs had agreed to fall in line.

As per the rules, the term of the Presidents of the NSFs,including the IOA, is restricted to a maximum of 12 yearswith or without a break.

Earlier, it was eight years on the trot.

The secretary and the treasurer may serve a maximum oftwo successive terms of four years each after which a minimum''cooling off period'' of four years will apply before theperson is allowed to seek fresh election to either post.

Adding to that, the office-bearers will have to retire onattaining the age of 70.

"We will discuss the government guidelines in tomorrow''sAGM. We will try to bring in sportpersons into theadministration," IOA president Suresh Kalmadi said here today.

Asked whether the IOA is likely to ammend itsconstitution, an office bearer of a state association said,"The decision will be unanimous, whatever it is. But do expectsome changes."

It has also restricted the age limit of federationofficials to 70 years.

Asked whether Kalmadi will step down from IOA, he said,"Why should he? His term ends in 2012..."

Kalmadi is heading the IOA for the third term in a rowbeginning 1996.

However, the guidelines would be enforceable only afterthe expiry of the current tenure of NSFs including IOA, thegovernment had said.

The International Olympic Council had recently directedthe Indian body to make necessary amendments in theconstitution for good governance, transparency in electionsand finances.

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