In a major blow to the aspirations of Suresh Kalmadi, V.K. Verma and Lalit Bhanot ahead of the elections, the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee has recommended that the tainted trio be suspended from all their functions within the IOA with immediate effect.

The Commission also observed that in view of their tainted history, the trio’s candidature for the upcoming elections of the Indian Olympic Association was “not possible”.

The Ethics Commission’s recommendation came after IOC president Jacues Rogge asked for its view following IOA vice-president Jagdish Tytler’s query on the position of these three officials ahead of proposed IOA election on November 25 this year.

The IOC President had asked the Ethics Commission for its opinion in order to know whether it is possible, according to the Code of Ethics, for Kalmadi, Verma and Bhanot to stand as candidates for positions on the IOA Board at the upcoming elections.

“Point B.5 of the IOC Code of Ethics, in the ‘Integrity’ chapter, states that ‘The Olympic parties shall use due care and diligence in fulfilling their mission. They must not act in a manner likely to tarnish the reputation of the Olympic Movement.

“Messrs Kalmadi, Verma and Bhanot were all tried by a criminal court pursuant to the law on corruption linked to a sports event (2010 Commonwealth Games). The court even sentenced them to preventive detention for several months. For his part, Mr Kalmadi was released, but banned from leaving the national territory unless agreed by the court,” chairman of the IOC Ethics Commission, Youssoupha Ndiaye said in his reply.

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