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IOA polls once in four years, not necessarily in Olympic years

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran, on Friday, reiterated that the elections will be held in 2018 as per the new IOA constitution which has been approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and not during the Olympic year as is widely believed.

Speaking to presspersons here after IOAs Executive Committee meeting, Ramachandran said, In March 2014, the IOC wrote (back) to me stating clearly that elections are to be conducted once in four years.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran, on Friday, reiterated that the elections will be held in 2018 as per the new IOA constitution which has been approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and not during the Olympic year as is widely believed.

Speaking to presspersons here after IOAs Executive Committee meeting, Ramachandran said, In March 2014, the IOC wrote (back) to me stating clearly that elections are to be conducted once in four years.

Excerpts:

On the All-India Tennis Association (AITA) being de-recognised by the Sports Ministry

It is a debatable decision. The IOA has a view while the ministry has a different one. The IOA is going to meet the ministry with all senior IOA members, and impress upon it that there are issues which need further clarification. The AITA is one such case.

On whether the peace deal with Narinder Batra (associate vice-president of IOA and president of Hockey India) was done with an eye on the 2018 elections

We didnt do it for the elections. We did this so that there is no infighting within the IOA. It was a genuine effort from both sides to ensure sports development goes forward.

Will you contest in the 2018 elections?

It is a long way ahead. As far as I am concerned, I am looking at this term which is till Feb. 2018. After that what happens is a different issue.

On the infighting within various NSFs

We will advise all NSFs that if they have issues, they will have to go by the IOA constitution. Otherwise, the IOA will see how best they can take action against NSFs. There are disputes in gymnastics, basketball and boxing. We will sit down with both groups and decide how best to resolve them. A report will be submitted to the IOA within two months time.

On two factions in volleyball

The matter has been decided in court. The lawyers of both groups agreed in the Madras High Court for an arbitration. The arbiter (Judge K. Chandru) is giving orders like the Lodha Commitee. The IOA cannot interfere.

Elections will be held only for the presidents post. Whatever decision Chandru takes, the VFI has to abide.

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