IOA calls General Body Meeting on Dec 8, Malhotra wants it in January

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Dissent in IOA over meeting
New Delhi, Nov 23:  Left with no other choice but to fall in line after International Olympic Committee served an ultimatum to bar charge-framed persons from contesting elections or face de-recognition, Indian Olympic Association on Saturday called its General Body Meeting (GBM) on December 8.

The IOA on Saturday issued a notification, calling for a GBM on December 8 even as its acting chief V K Malhotra wrote a letter to the world body to postpone the deadline of amending the constitution by a month in view of the upcoming Assembly elections in five states. S Reghunathan, who has been chairing the past two Special GBMs of the suspended IOA, told PTI that a notification has been issued, calling a meeting on December 8 following the IOC's ultimatum on November 15.

"We have issued the notification for a Special GBM to be held here on December 8. It is a requisition meeting," he said.

IOC served an ultimatum to bar tainted officials from office

The last Special GBM meeting on October 27, which was also a requisition meeting, was adjourned so that it can be reconvened in a short notice.

Reghunathan said in case the IOC accepts Malhotra's request to postpone the deadline for amendment of constitution to bar charge-framed persons by a month, then the Special GBM will be held later. "Malhotra has written a letter to the IOC President to postpone the deadline to January in view of the elections in the five states. If the IOC accepts that then the GBM will not be held on December 8," he said.

The IOC had served the ultimatum that in case the IOA does not amend the constitution to bar charge-framed persons from contesting elections by December 10, it may recommend India's de-recognition to its Executive Board which meets on December 10 and 11.


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