Indian Government Disregards OCA Warning

Olympic Council of AsiaNew Delhi: Yesterday, the Sports Ministry dismissed the Olympic Council of Asia’s threat to hang up the Indian Olympic Association’s connection, stating the administration was not trying to conflict upon anyone's self-government by purposing a self-governing Sports Regulatory Authority in its Sports Policy Draft.

A highly-placed source in the Ministry said, “Nowhere in the policy we have said that we will infringe upon anyone's autonomy. Whatever steps we take will be in conformation with the Olympic Charter. If they have apprehensions, I cannot comment on that.”

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, OCA President has taken a grave note of the Indian Administration’s move to form a sovereign authority and asked IOA President Suresh Kalmadi to take correct measures to keep up the independence of the Indian Olympic Association or face interruption.

"I would like to refer to different reports coming out in media with regard to a move by the Government of India to interfere in the autonomy and the functioning of the IOA and the National Sports Federations of India," Mr. Sheikh Ahmad wrote in a letter to Kalmadi.

"I would like to reiterate the Aomori declaration as well as the Olympic Charter and the OCA Constitution Article 13 Bye-Law (2) which clearly states: 'All Member NOCs (National Olympic Committees) must preserve their autonomy as envisaged in the OCA Constitution and Rules and in the Olympic Charter. There should be no interference from the Government and its agencies in the functioning of the NOC," the letter added up.