IOC threatens action against defiant Indian officials

MUMBAI Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:57pm IST

A shot put is seen on the ground during the men's shot put qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium August 3, 2012. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files

A shot put is seen on the ground during the men's shot put qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium August 3, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files

Related Topics

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee has asked its recognised Indian members to contemplate taking legal action against officials of the country's suspended Olympic association for misrepresenting the office.

The IOC refused to recognise the results of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections held on December 5 due to government interference which led to a tainted official being named as its new secretary general.

Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 months in custody last year following corruption charges and is on bail pending further investigations, was given the senior IOA post despite the IOC deeming the elections "null and void".

Local media reported that Bhanot has been corresponding with national sports federations using the IOA letterhead, further riling the world governing body.

In a letter sent to Randhir Singh, secretary general of the IOA during the previous regime, the IOC has threatened action against "illegitimate individuals" who claim to represent the suspended Indian body.

"These illegal actions which obviously violate all IOC directives and decisions are aggravating the situation of the suspended Indian Olympic Association," IOC director general Christophe De Kepper wrote.

"All individuals involved (directly or by complicity) will be held responsible and the IOC will reserve the right to take any action against them.

"We request that you take all necessary measures and, if appropriate, any legal action at national level against these individuals in order to protect all assets and properties of the suspended Indian Olympic Association."

(Editing by John O'Brien)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Economic Pulse

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Political Pulse

Political Pulse

100 days of Modi: Good for business, not so good for marginalised groups.  Full Article 

Segway in India

Segway in India

Segway’s India business pegs hope on tech-savvy Modi  Full Article 

Best Economy

Best Economy

Swiss economy most competitive once again; EU, U.S., Japan improve.  Full Article 

Power Outage

Power Outage

Mumbai hit by power cuts  Full Article 

Commodities

Commodities

Gold imports, premiums to jump on festive demand - top refiner  Full Article 

Economic Worries

Economic Worries

Pakistan's promises to IMF in doubt as protests sap economy   Full Article 

Islamic Finance

Islamic Finance

Basel III deposit challenge looms over Islamic banks   Full Article 

Antitrust Probes

Antitrust Probes

U.S. business lobby says concerned China antitrust probes unfair.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage