Sports Ministry Suspends OIA Recognition

IAS Prelims 2023

The Sports ministry suspended the deemed recognition of the national Olympic body. Following the suspension, the IOA will cease to enjoy the privileges and prerogatives bestowed on it by the government as the National Olympic Committee (NOC). All government assistance, financial or otherwise, to the IOA will also be stopped.

The government has suspended the deemed recognition, granted by it to the IOA until the IOA reverses its decision to appoint Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as life presidents.

The ministry issued a show cause notice to the IOA after the general body meeting of the sports body passed a resolution on Tuesday to appoint its former presidents Kalmadi and Chautala — both of whom have been charge-sheeted — as life presidents.

This is a serious violation of the norms of good governance by IOA which is the mother sports body and corrective action needs to be taken immediately as it is a matter of national prestige and public sentiments.