Anil Khanna quits as IOA acting president, takes dig at IOC | More sports News

NEW DELHI: Senior Sports Administrator Anil Khanna Wednesday stepped down as acting president of the Indian Olympic Association (IAO), nearly two weeks after the IOC refused to recognize any “acting/interim president”.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had on September 8 issued a threat of suspension, saying the IOA must hold elections by December this year.
Khanna took charge of the IOA after a court ruling ended Narinder Batra’s reign as head of the country’s top sports body.
Khanna, the IOA’s senior vice-president, said he “respects” the IOC’s view, but at the same time asked the world sports governing body who will have final authority to “to decide and interpret the “law of the land”. and the Constitution of an NOC (National Olympic Committee).
“Based on the IOA Constitution, as unanimously approved by the General House and supported by similar precedent in the vacancy of the office of President in 2011, I assumed responsibility for the duties and functions of the president for a brief period,” Khanna said in a statement.
He was referring to then-Senior Vice President VK Malhotra as Acting President of the IOA after outgoing Chief Suresh Kalmadi was arrested on corruption charges related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
“This was confirmed by the Honorable High Court of Delhi on 24th June 2022,” Khanna said in the letter to the AIO Secretary General and members.
“I am honored to have been a part of the IOA sporting fraternity over the past few years, having held different positions. It has been a privilege for me to be part of the Commonwealth Games as Acting President, where the India has done remarkably well.”
In a Sept. 8 letter, the IOC said it would not recognize any “interim/interim president” following Batra’s ouster as head of the IOA and said it would deal with the general secretary. Rajeev Mehta as main point of contact.
“While I respect the views of the IOC, at some point when the dust has settled, I would like to ask the IOC who will decide and interpret the ‘law of the land’ and NOC Constitution in a nation.
“Will this interpretation be made by the IOC or will the same be made by the honorable courts of a nation? Once the honorable courts of a nation decide after careful consideration, will t it appropriate that the IOC has a different interpretation than the findings of the Hon’ble Courts!!”
Former All India Tennis Association (AITA) boss Khanna admitted that the IOA is going through a difficult phase.
“It is no secret that the IOA has been going through a turbulent period over the last two years and with the elections approaching in a few months and also because of the order of the Honorable High Court which may affect the future of some of the affiliated members, the concerns of many of our family members have escalated, resulting in ongoing litigation even over the past two weeks.
“Different factions of the IOA clearly take opposing positions on constitutional issues, including the interpretation of the Constitution and the position of the Acting/Interim President. The IOC also stated in their letter that they do not recognize any Acting/Interim President of the IOA.”
He said the government had made sincere efforts to normalize the operations of the IOA and that the Supreme Court was sensitive to the views of the IOC to protect the interests of Indian sportsmen.
“I have already stated in my previous letter of September 18, 2022 that it is the duty of the entire IOA family to join hands and cooperate with the government and take action under the guidance of the IOC and honorable courts to hold free and fair elections, following the principles of good governance, according to deadlines to be mutually agreed.
“To bring about greater harmony within the whole membership of the IOA, and in order to achieve the above objective, I have decided to step down from the responsibilities and duties of the President which have conferred by the IOA Constitution and the Honorable High Court.”

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