The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will utilise the services of some eminent sportspersons in the preparations of the contingent for the 2012 London Olympics.

The committee will have IOA vice-president K.P. Singh Deo as the convenor.

The IOA has also constituted a marketing committee to be headed by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) secretary general Anil Khanna.

According to the IOA acting president Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, “We have fulfilled our commitment to make the IOA more inclusive and transparent.

“Now more sportspersons will have to share the responsibility in training and preparing the teams for international events.”

The IOA chief said the formation of the three-member Ethics Commission was as per the International Olympic Commission charter.

The other members of the monitoring committee are Prof Malhotra (chairman), Randhir Singh (Vice-chairman), president or secretary general of every qualifying federation and one sportspersons as ”athlete representative” from each qualifying federation.

Own resources

Prof Malhotra asserted that the IOA will try and generate its own resources for sending the contingent to London.

“We have set up a marketing committee with knowledgeable people and experts in the field so that we do not have to depend on Government grants.”

The Marketing Committee (sponsorship and TV rights) comprises Anil Khanna,(chairman), Raninder Singh (president, NRAI), S.Ragunathan (president, Kayaking and Canoeing Association ) and N. Ramachandran ( treasurer, IOA).

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