IOA-IOC meeting productive, expected resolution to impasse

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Tuesday’s meeting between Indian officials and their IOC counterparts in Lausanne, Switzerland, went well, according to reports, as a decision on changing the IOA constitution to allow elections to take place before December could be reached.

The IOC asked for a joint meeting on Tuesday earlier this month “in order to agree on a constructive solution and build a path leading to the elections of IOA” while delivering a final warning to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to hold elections by December or face a ban.

The Supreme Court authorised IOA Vice President Adille Sumariwalla and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta to attend the meeting with the IOC on September 22 along with representatives from the sports ministry.

The SC had also assigned Justice L Nageswara Rao, a former justice of the Supreme Court, to revise the IOA’s constitution and prepare the electoral college. By December 15, a court panel presided over by Justice DY Chandrachud requested that Justice Rao draught a roadmap for changing the constitution and holding elections.

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