We area unit appalled at the resolution passed by the IOA to form Kalmadi and Chautala as Life Presidents of IOA, said the Sports Minister.
New Delhi: Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Tuesday lashed out at the Indian Olympic Association for creating tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as Life presidents of the sports body, saying it absolutely was “totally unacceptable” as each of them were facing serious criminal and corruption charges.
Kalmadi and Chautala were onTuesday created Life Presidents by the IOA at its Annual General Meeting in Chennai.
“We area unit appalled at the resolution passed by the IOA to form Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as Life Presidents of IOA. this can be whole unacceptable to us as each of them face serious corruption and criminal charges,” Goel told reporters at a hurriedly-called news conference at his residence here.
“In fact, IOA was suspended by the IOC once Chautala and Lalit Bhanot were elected workplace bearers of the IOA and also the suspension was raised only if the 2 were far from the management,” the minister same, hours once the IOA took the choice to form Kalmadi and Chautala as Life Presidents.
Kalmadi served as IOA president from 1996 to 2011 and was unfree for ten months for his involvement within the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games corruption scandal however later free on bail.
Chautala served because the president of Indian Olympic Association from December 2012 to Feb 2014 once the IOA was suspended by the parent International Olympic Committee for fielding charge-sheeted candidates at the elections. His election as IOA chief was annulled by the IOC.
Only once the IOA Constitution was amended to make sure that charge-framed candidates don’t seem to be allowed to contest elections, the IOC revoked the suspension on IOA in Feb 2014.
Goel same that the ministry has sought-after details from the IOA and can take acceptable action once obtaining a report from the IOA administration.
“We have sought-after details (from the IOA) and on receipt of an entire report, we have a tendency to shall review matters and take acceptable action. Our government is committed to smart governance and transparency in sports,” Goel same.
“Sports are for public sensible and sports governance could be a public operate. Therefore, it’s ruled by law,” he added.
“Nothing is larger than the govt. the govt can see however and once there’ll be interference, in order that these individuals against whom criminal and corruption cases area unit unfinished don’t seem to be related to sports. We will take steps that are necessary.”