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Will assess IOA’s situation: IOC

New Delhi, Dec 31:

The International Olympic Committee today said it will assess the IOA’s controversial move to make corruption-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala life presidents even as the Indian body decided to approach it on the issue of suspension by the government.
Asked if the IOC plans to take action on IOA for elevating Kalmadi and Chautala as life presidents, IOC Media Relations Manager Michael Noyelle said in a written reply that it will first get in touch with the NOC of India.
“The IOC will be in touch with the NOC of India in due course to assess the situation,” the IOC official said.
The IOC headquarters are currently closed for their annual break.
Meanwhile, IOA President N Ramachandran said that he will take up the issue of IOA’s suspension with the government after consulting the IOC and Olympic Council of Asia.
Cracking the whip on IOA, the Sports Ministry yesterday suspended the national Olympic body till the time it reverses the decision to make Kalmadi and Chautala its life presidents.
“I am away in New Zealand, on  a personal issue relating to my family. I understand that the Government has suspended the Indian Olympic Association due to the conferment of the life time presidency to Suresh Kalmadi and to Abhay Singh Chautala,” Ramachandran said in a statement.
The Government took the firm decision to suspend IOA after it failed to reply to its showcause notice within the stipulated December 30 deadline. (PTI)

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