IOA backs embattled Kalmadi; refuses to fully comply with IOC

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New Delhi, Feb 13 (PTI) Sacked as Commonwealth GamesOrganising Committee chief, the embattled Suresh Kalmadi gotthe full backing of the Indian Olympic Association, thenational apex sports body which he heads, in its General BodyMeeting here.

The IOA GBM, which was attended by representatives ofNational Sports Federations and State Olympic Associations,appreciated the hard work put in by Kalmadi''s team in"successfully" hosting the CWG.

"The GBM unanimously expressed full confidence in its(IOA) President Suresh Kalmadi, MP. The House appreciate thehard work by the team in not only successfully bidding to getthe Games to India for the first time but also conducting itin such a manner the international community, especially theathletes, went away a satisfied lot," an IOA statement said .

"The meeting noted there had been international acclaimfor the conduct of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi andapplauded the Indian athletes for their performance both inDelhi and in the Asian Games in Guangzhou," it said.

The GBM, held here yesterday, amended the IOAconstitution but stopped short of complying fully to theInternational Olympic Committee''s directives issued last yearas good governance and transparency measures.

"IOA also amended its constitution in keeping with theIOC''s suggestions to ensure good governance, transparency, andto include Athlete Commission, Arbitration Commission andEthics Commission in its framework.

"The IOA also unanimously decided to form a delegation tomeet the new Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr AjayMaken and have an in depth dialogue with him about theGovernment guidelines," it said.

The IOA did not scrap the voting rights which the StateOlympic Associations used to get in the elections of the apexsports body of the country, as has been directed by the IOC inAugust last.

"It also decided that each National Sports Federationwould have two votes and every State Olympic Association onevote in the election process," the statement said.

The IOA also recognised "a surge among the youth of thenation towards Olympic sport in the wake of India''s successesin the Commonwealth and Asian Games"

"It noted that with more than 10,000 athletes and teamsofficials taking part the 34th National Games in Jharkhand isthe biggest so far," the IOA said.

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