Association sport

SC instructs ex-Judge L. Nageswara Rao to amend Indian Olympic Association constitution

New Delhi: On Thursday, September 22, the Supreme Court requested former Supreme Court Justice, Justice L. Nageswara Rao to amend the constitution of the Indian Olympic Association and prepare the electoral college.

A bench headed by Judge DY Chandrachud said the former top judge would ensure a fair and development-oriented approach to the future of the Olympics in the country.

The court asked Judge Rao to prepare a roadmap to amend the constitution and hold elections by December 15, 2022.

She also authorized Rajeev Mehta, currently Secretary General of the IOA, and Adille Sumariwalla, Vice-President of the IOA, to participate in the September 27 meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“All logistical arrangements will be made available to Judge Rao by the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and will be reimbursed by the IOA,” the bench, which also includes Judge Hima Kohli, said.

On September 8, the IOC issued a final warning to the AIO to “resolve its governance issues” and hold elections by December or else the world sports body will ban India.

The IOC Executive Board, which met in Lausanne, Switzerland, had also decided not to recognize any “acting/interim president” following the ousting of Narinder Batra as President of the Indian Olympic Association and said she would deal with Secretary General Rajeev Mehta as the main contact point.