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Veteran sports administrator Anil Khanna on Wednesday resigned as the acting president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), saying he would respect the views of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
On September 8, the IOC refused to recognize any ‘acting/interim president’ and threatened the IOA with suspension, saying the sports governing body should hold elections by December this year.
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Khanna took charge of the IOA after a court order ended Narinder Patra’s tenure as the country’s apex sports body.
“I am honored to have served as part of the IOA sports fraternity in various capacities over the past several years. It was my privilege to see India perform well at the Commonwealth Games as the Acting President,” Khanna said in the letter.
“Based on the constitution of IOA, unanimously approved by the General Assembly and supported by a similar past precedent in 2011 when the post of President was vacant, I have assumed charge of the duties and functions of the President for a short period of time. . This was confirmed by the Hon’ble Delhi High Court on 24 June 2022,” he added.
“It is no secret that the IOA has been going through a tumultuous period in the last couple of years and the approaching elections in a couple of months and the order of the Hon’ble High Court may affect the future of some of the affiliates. Members, the concerns of many in our family have increased, resulting in a series of cases over the past two weeks.
“Various sections of the IOA take apparently conflicting positions on constitutional matters, including the interpretation of the constitution and the position of the Interim/Executive President. The IOC has also said in its letter that it does not recognize any Interim/Executive President of the IOA,” he said.
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