Is it that a tainted official was the only candidate left for the post of IOA Secretary –General? Is India losing the respect by electing the convicts for the higher post?
There are many questions but we don’t have any answer.
On 29 November 2012, the former secretary general of CWG organizing committee, Lalit Bhanot has been elected as a boss of Indian Olympic Association. He was in jail along with former IOA President Suresh Kalmadi for 11 months on the charges of CWG corruption scam. On Jan 2012, he and Kalmadi are out on bail.
The leader of Indian National Lok Dal and the chairman of Indian Amateur Boxing Federation Abhay Singh Chautala have been elected as the President of IOA. Without having any sports background he is the President of IOA. Whereas, his rival Randhir Singh who has removed his name from the election of IOA President is a six time Olympic trap shooter and an Asian Game Gold medalist.
According to media reports, while defending Bhanot, Chautala said, “In our country, there are several important figures against which cases are registered. A lot of cases have been registered on political grounds against politicians like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad Yadav, J Jayalalitha, Om Prakash Chautala, Prakash Singh Badal and many others. They are running the state governments of their respective states”.
Chautala might have forgotten that there is a pending case against him on the charges of illegal assets.
The IABF had been suspended by the AIBA (International Boxing Association) possibly for the elections. This suspension will affect the Indian boxers. The world body said IOA elections will be null by the suspension.
“I am really disappointed with this suspension. This is bad news for Indian sportspersons,” said Vijender Singh, the Beijing Olympic bronze medal boxer.
After the suspension of IAFB Bhanot said he will quit if he proven guilty.
The Vice-President of Clean Sports India and the former athlete Ashwin Nachappa described Bhanot’s election as an ‘ethical practice’ against Olympic.
Well, it’s a high time for Indians to wake up against corruption. The world is watching this Sports-Political drama and the world is spitting on us. It’s a question of high concern now that will IOC (International Olympic Council) take any action against this selection? And yes they took. But again there is a question will it work or not?
Let’s keep some faith on IOC.