A day after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) named its former chiefs Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as Honorary Life Presidents, the backlash against their appointments continued, from both the media and the government.
While the Sports Ministry issued a show cause notice to the IOA and threatened to sever all ties with it unless the decision was revoked, Mr. Kalmadi himself backed out of the appointment till his name was cleared of all charges. Mr. Kalmadi, who was the IOA president for 15 years from 1996 to 2011, is one of the main accused in the 2010 Commonwealth Games corruption scam.
“This is against the constitution of the IOA and is not acceptable to the Sports Ministry. We want transparency in sports. Till the time these two don’t resign or are sacked, we will not deal with the IOA,” Sports Minister Vijay Goel said.