The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the establishment of a three-member Committee of Administrators (COA) to take on the affairs of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). A bench of Judges Manmohan and Najmi Waziri said the IOA’s “persistent persistence” to comply with the Sports Code meant its matters had to be handed over to the COA including a former Supreme Court judge. high Anil R. Dave, former Chief of Staff. Electoral Commissioner, Dr. SY Quraishi, and former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Vikas Swarup.
The court directed the IOA’s executive committee to immediately assign responsibility to the newly appointed committee and said that CoA members would be supported by three prominent sports athletes, namely Advocacy. Olympian shooter Abhinav Bindra, Long jumper Anju Bobby George, and Olympian Bombayla Archer Devi Laishram.
The IOA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the National Olympic Committee for India.
The Court, having examined in detail matters concerning the tenure of office holders and voting rights, has dismissed the office of “President Life” and any such permanent office to a member of the Board of Directors. individuals in the IOA for being illegal and states that the maximum term for the President and likewise for all Office Bearers and members of the EC must be limited to 3 terms by law.
It says sports athletes, both men and women, should be included on the sports body’s joint and executive committees.
“There is every reason to acknowledge the significant presence of women in the world of sport. Sports management is not a defense of men. It is remarkable that during its 95 years of existence, The IOA has never had a woman as President or Secretary-General. Women certainly aspire to have important positions in the decision-making process. Accordingly, women will comprise half of the advocacy category. sportsmen have the right to vote in the General Body as well as in the EC”, the court said.
The court order was approved by senior campaigner Rahul Mehra demanding that the IOA and National Sports Federation strictly adhere to the Sports Code and judicial policy.
“The IOA’s persistent history of zero tolerance for almost half a century of compliance with the Sports Code, despite its consistent assurances to Government, societal concerns and the great public interest more, causing the issue of the IOA to be included in it said.
“Accordingly, celebrities from the fields of law, public administration, elections and international relations are appointed members of the CoA, supported by eminent sportsmen, as Counselor,” the court ordered.
It directed the center not to grant accreditation or facilities to any sports body that failed to comply with the sport’s rules and went on to call for “structural reforms” to eliminate mismanagement. in sports bodies and democratize these institutions.
“This court is of the opinion that the Sports Code should be applied to every member of every NSF, including the IOA as well as its members ….. Accordingly, defendant No. 1/Indian Union Degrees are directed not to recognize or any basis (monetary or otherwise) for the IOA or for any NSF and/or any of its Affiliates, should they refuse to comply with the Code of Conduct. exercised as directed by this Court,” it said.
“Central and State Governments may consider passing a comprehensive law regarding the recognition and management of sports bodies that combines best practices and the IOC Charter without any Which Indian State and Union must grant the base (currency or otherwise), “the court said.
The court records the current petition emphasizing that “the electoral colleges of most sports bodies are controlled by a few individuals, where it is difficult for genuine sports athletes to be elected and play an important role in governance” and “the prevailing IOA Constitution provides that the President of the IOA may be for life”.
The court said government compliance monitoring is expected to be quick, robust and meticulous at all times and that a sports federation that does not comply with the law of the land will not receive recognition from the government. and this also applies to IOA. .
“If the IOA fails to comply, within the time specified herein, Government recognition will be suspended. The urgency of cooperation with the CoA and the principle of compliance with the Sports Rules is up to the IOA. “, it said.
It clarifies that the COA will assist in the preparation and adoption of the IOA’s constitution in accordance with the Sports Code and court rulings, and facilitate the holding of elections and the handover of affairs. agency for a constitutionally democratically elected body to be adopted, preferably within a period of 16 weeks from the date of consent of the CoA members.
The honorary award payable to CoA members and the facilities extended to them will be the same as what may be fixed by the Supreme Court in the case involving the All India Football Federation and now , as a temporary honorary award, a deposit of Rs 3 Rs per month will be made with each CoA member and Rs 1.5 lakh per month with consultant athlete, the court said. .
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