IOA calls SGM on November 29 for clarity on president election standard
The Indian Olympic Association has known as a Special General Body Meeting on November 29 to “discuss and interpret” the eligibility standards for election to the publish of president and secretary normal forward of the December 14 polls.
The IOA has already set into movement the method of electing a brand new set of workplace bearers and November 29 has been set because the final date of submitting nomination papers.
The improvement will add gas to hypothesis that International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Narinder Batra may contest for the publish of president. Incumbent president N Ramachandran has already declared himself out of the race.
It can also be learnt that present IOA treasurer and former All India Tennis Association (AITA) chief Anil Khanna can also be within the fray for the publish of president. Besides, three candidates may file nominations for the publish of treasurer.
“In accordance with the decision of the Executive Council meeting of the IOA held on 9th November 2017 in Chennai and in reference to the letter dated 8th November 2017 received from the IOC, a special GBM of the IOA is hereby called under section VIII (i) of the IOA Constitution,” IOA secretary normal Rajeev Mehta mentioned within the IOA discover.
The SGM will probably be held at 11am on the IOA headquarters right here. Interestingly, the submitting of nominations to elect the workplace bearers will probably be closed at 2pm the identical day.
The prime agenda of the SGM is to “discuss and properly interpret the meaning” of Clause XI (1) (c) within the gentle of Clause XXXI (e) and primarily based on elections held after the 2013 modification of IOA statutes.
Clause XI (1) (c) states that: “However it shall be a mandatory requirement for elections to the Posts of President and Secretary General that only those members, who had held the office and were members in the preceding Executive Council of the IOA, shall be eligible to contest the elections.”
Clause XXXI (e) says: “In all matters relating to the interpretation and application of the Constitution, as well as in matters not specifically provided for herein, the decision of the General Assembly shall be final and binding on all concerned.”
IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta mentioned that an individual who was within the previous govt council (simply previous to 2014-17) can even be eligible to contest for the highest two posts.
“We should remember that when the IOA elections were held in February 2014 under the guidance of the IOC, the members of executive councils of 2008-12 and 2012-14 were allowed to contest elections and so this time also those in the executive councils of 2012-14 and 2014-17 would be allowed to contest elections (for president and secretary general),” Mehta instructed PTI.
Mehta mentioned that the SGM has not been known as to amend the clause referring to the eligibility standards for the publish of president and secretary normal however to convey readability on the difficulty.
There has been hypothesis that Batra, who was elected as FIH president final 12 months, may throw his head into the ring now that Ramachandran has opted out and the likes of Abhay Singh Chautala aren’t eligible to contest elections, although he has not dropped any hints to take action until now.
Earlier on November eight, the IOC has instructed the IOA in a letter to carry the elective General Assembly in accordance with the Olympic Charter and the IOA Constitution at the moment in pressure, as authorized by the worldwide physique.
The worldwide guardian physique has additionally mentioned that the election course of must be carried out by an impartial Election Commission according to the election bye-laws established for the final IOA elections in 2014.
“It is also understood that in the event of any doubt as to the interpretation and/or implementation of the IOA Constitution, the matter will be referred to the General Assembly for a final decision, as clearly mentioned in Article XXXI (e) of the IOA Constitution,” the IOC mentioned within the letter.
“We are counting on your collaboration and call upon all the members of the IOA to act responsibly to ensure that this election process takes place smoothly and successfully, without any unnecessary complications, in the interest of your NOC and the Olympic Movement in your country,” the IOC added.