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After IOC Decides Against Awarding World Events to India, IOA Look for Solutions

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had asked all its member federations not to grant any world event to India involving Kosovo after the country denied visa to a boxer from the European nation for the AIBA Women's World Championships held here last month.

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Updated:December 3, 2018, 7:33 AM IST
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After IOC Decides Against Awarding World Events to India, IOA Look for Solutions
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had asked all its member federations not to grant any world event to India involving Kosovo after the country denied visa to a boxer from the European nation for the AIBA Women's World Championships held here last month.
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New Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association, in its annual General Body Meeting here on December 22, will discuss its parent body IOC's diktat to not award any world event to the country in the wake of the controversy involving a Kosovo boxer.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had asked all its member federations not to grant any world event to India involving Kosovo after the country denied visa to a boxer from the European nation for the AIBA Women's World Championships held here last month.

Kosovo could not participate at the boxing event after their sole representative Donjeta Sadiku was refused visa by the Indian government, which doesn't recognise the European country.

The IOC has asked all the IFs to get a written undertaking from the Indian authorities for equal participation before allotting the country any world event involving Kosovo.

One of the items of the agenda of the GBM reads: "Participation of sporting delegations and athletes in international sports events - principle of autonomy and non-discrimination - IOC letter 19 November 2018".

"It is a serious matter and the IOA GBM will discuss it threadbare," IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta told PTI on Sunday.

"We have already written a letter to the sports ministry on this issue. The GBM will decide what course of action needs to be taken. The IOC can take action against India if this issue is not resolved," he added.

The election of a senior vice president and a vice president will also be held during the GBM.

The IOA had amended its constitution in August to increase the number of senior vice presidents to two from the current one and the number of vice-presidents to nine from the current eight.

The name of former IOA Treasurer Anil Khanna, who withdrew his candidature against current president Narinder Batra in the elections held last December, is doing the rounds as a likely candidate for the election of senior vice president.

R K Anand is the lone senior vice president in the existing executive council.

The last date for submission of nominations for the two posts is on December 4. The list of contestants after scrutiny will be announced on December 13. Retired District Judge Devendra Kumar Paliwal will act as the returning officer.

This will be the first annual GBM after Batra took over as IOA chief in December last year.
| Edited by: Abhimanyu Sen
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