Kalmadi should not stay IOA chief anymore: Maken

first_imgThe government has made it clear that it will strongly push to end Suresh Kalmadi’s reign as president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).Soon after Kalmadi’s arrest on Monday, the sports ministry wrote a letter to the IOA, asking it to find a replacement for him.”In keeping and maintaining the fair image of sports in India, the government would like the IOA to consider appointing an alternate president in place of the present incumbent for managing the affairs of the IOA,” the letter said.Sports minister Ajay Maken also said the government was not in favour of having Kalmadi.”What we have decided here in the sports ministry is that as soon as the official arrest of Suresh Kalmadi is announced by the CBI, we are going to write to the IOA that they should elect a new president,” Maken said.”When a person is in jail or has been chargesheeted, it would not be in the national interest that he should represent the country anymore,” he noted.Kalmadi has been heading the IOA since 1996. While most of the national sports associations have agreed to abide by the sports ministry’s guidelines that put a cap on the age and tenures of the sports association bosses, Kalmadi has refused to step down.Maken also warned the IOA of stern action if it did not adhere to the instructions. “We would also be writing to the attorney-general seeking his legal advice. The government can also take action on its own if the IOA fails to take any action against him,” he said.”advertisement”We will first write to the IOA to remove him and elect a president.Simultaneously, we will also write to the A-G seeking advice on the issue,” the minister added.last_img

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