IOA vs Supreme Court: There is a development happening every day when it comes to sports bodies and Committee of Administrators takeover. Likewise in one of the latest case, the Supreme Court has ordered a status quo and said that the Delhi High Court appointed CoA cannot take over the affairs of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). However, there is further hearing on August 22. Follow IOA live updates with InsideSport.IN.
It is important to note that on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court had appointed a three-member COA to look after the affairs of the IOA. They were set to be assisted by former Indian athletes Abhinav Bindra, Anju Bobby George and Bombayla Devi Laishram.
However, when the news of the takeover gradually reached the IOA, they were not happy. The body even appealed that if the CoA takes over the working of the IOA, they stand the risk of being suspended and barred from events.
A bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justice CT Ravikumar passed the order in an urgent hearing which took place on Thursday. The Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta stated that the taking over of the IOA by CoA could lead to the suspension of the former as well.
| The Supreme Court ordered that the Delhi HC appointed CoA will not take over the affairs of the Indian Olympic Association, the order comes after SG sought urgent hearing and said the appointment could lead to suspension by IOC like in the case of the AIFF by FIFA. [PTI]
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“According to their(International Olympic Committee) rules, if any national body is governed by a non- elected body, it is seen as outside interference. The moment Committee of Administrators take over, 99 % chance is that India will get suspended from Olympics. This is a matter of national prestige” Live Law quoted SG as submitting.
After learning about the submissions from the Solicitor General, the following was passed by the bench.
“The counsel for petitioner as well as SG submits that by virtue of present order, there is a possibility of losing chance to participate in all international event. It is stated it is not in the interest of nation. We ask the parties to maintain status quo. List the matter before appropriate bench on Monday.”
This is not the only sports body in India, which has run into problems. In fact, the FIFA has banned AIFF due to undue influence from third parties. And when it comes to IOA, the message is clear from the IOC, who wants elections to be held as soon as possible. Failure to do so might lead to suspension of the IOA as well.