International Olympic Committee Issues Final Warning to IOA and Postpones IOC Session in Mumbai to September-October 2023

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued a final warning to the IOA on Thursday to “resolve its governance issues” and hold elections by December or the world sports body will ban India. (More sports news)

The IOC Executive Board, which visited Lausanne on Thursday, also decided not to recognize any “interim/interim president” following the ousting of Narinder Batra as president of the Indian Olympic Association and said that she would deal with Secretary General Rajeev Mehta as the main point of Contact.

“…given the ongoing internal conflicts, governance shortcomings and ongoing legal cases, (the IOC Executive Board) has taken the decision…to issue a final warning and to consider the Immediate suspension of the Indian NOC at the next IOC Executive Meeting December 2022 Board of Directors meeting if, by then, the Indian NOC is unable to address and resolve its governance issues at the satisfaction of the IOC, in the interest of the sport and the athletes.

“…and to function properly through its governing bodies, namely the Executive Committee and the General Assembly, and to fulfill its obligations, in particular by organizing its quadrennial elections in accordance with the Olympic Charter,” reads the letter. of the IOC sent to the AIO.

The IOC letter sent by James McLeod, Director of Olympic Solidarity and NOC Relations, further states: “During this transition period, and given that the IOC does not currently recognize any ‘interim/par Acting Indian NOC, the General NOC Secretary will serve as the main point of contact to coordinate next steps with the IOC, in close consultation and agreement with the NOC Executive Board and General Assembly.

The IOC also said its Executive Board reserves the right to take any other action at any stage of the process depending on how the situation evolves. The IOC has also decided to postpone its earlier scheduled session in Mumbai to May next year.

“In view of the uncertain situation, the IOC Session scheduled to take place in Mumbai in May 2023 is postponed to September/October 2023,” the letter said.

“Depending on the decisions that will be taken at the IOC Executive Board meeting in December 2022 regarding the Indian NOC, the IOC Executive Board will decide whether the IOC Session in 2023 should be kept in India or moved.”

The IOC said that in order to agree on a constructive solution and establish a roadmap leading to the IOA elections, it will organize a joint meeting with all parties involved later this month in Lausanne.

“In view of the above, we propose to organize a joint meeting on September 27, 2022 in Lausanne and my colleague Jérôme Poivey, Associate Director, NOC Relations Department, will revert to you and all parties concerned accordingly for the details of that meeting,” McLeod said.

The IOC had also threatened to suspend the IOA if it did not proceed with its election as soon as possible. The AIO elections were scheduled for December last year but could not take place due to amendments in the voting process.

Last December, the IOA formed a six-member committee to consider changes to its constitution ahead of an election to bring it into line with the National Sports Code.

In May this year, Batra was removed from his position as chief of the IOA after the Delhi High Court overturned Hockey India’s ‘lifetime membership’, through which he contested and won the election of supreme body in 2017.

Batra then officially resigned as President of the AIO. After being impeached by the High Court, Batra issued a statement announcing his decision not to contest the AIO elections.