Threat To Recognition of Indian Olympic Association
The Supreme Court has appointed a former judge of the country’s top court, Justice L. Nageswara Rao to amend the Constitution of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and create an Electoral College. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said the former Supreme Court judge will ensure a fair and development-based approach to the future of the Olympics in the country.
The Supreme Court has directed Justice Rao to amend the constitution of the Indian Olympic Association and conduct elections by December 15, 2022. Because in the absence of elections, India can be banned from participating in the Olympics.
Along with this, the Supreme Court has allowed the current Secretary General of India Olympic Association Rajeev Mehta and Vice President Adil Sumariwala to attend the meeting with the International Olympic Committee on 27 September.
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The Supreme Court bench said, “All logistic arrangements for Justice Rao in carrying out this work will be made available by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Indian Olympic Association will bear the cost.” This bench also included Justice Hima Kohli. .
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 8 September gave a final warning to the Indian Olympic Association to resolve its governance problems and hold elections by December. Otherwise, the International Olympic Committee can also ban India from participating in the Olympics.
International Olympic Committee is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Executive Board of this committee has also decided that after the exit of Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra from the Indian Olympic Association, no caretaker or interim president will be recognized anymore. Secretary General Rajeev Mehta will be contacted for further talks.
Justice Rao was also a part of the Mudgal committee in the IPL betting case
Justice L. Nageswara Rao was also a part of the Mudgal Committee appointed by the Supreme Court. Justice Mukul Mudgal was the chairman of this committee. Apart from Justice Rao, the committee also included former cricket umpire, Nilay Dutta. This committee was ordered to independently investigate allegations like corruption, and match-fixing in IPL matches held in 2013. Apart from this, Justice Rao has also been a part of many big cases.