The simmering war of words between the International Olympic Committee and the Indian Olympic Association intensified with the IOC slamming the IOA for refusing to accept an observer for its upcomimg elections and threatened to take action if poll date is not furnished by September 25, 2012.

In a strongly-worded letter, in response to a September 13, 2012 missive by IOA acting president V.K. Malhotra in which he had termed the world body’s decision to send an observer as unacceptable, the IOC said that such a supervision was necessary owing to the “confusion surrounding the status of Suresh Kalmadi”.

“The IOC and OCA are extremely astonished by the content of your letter and by the fact that you do not seem to understand that the internal situation of your NOC is not as smooth and normal as you want to depict it.

“Should we remind you that, despite our numerous and repeated requests, you and your NOC were unable to take any clear decision vis-à-vis situation of Mr. Kalmadi with much confusion surrounding the status, powers and decisions of your NOC Ethics Commission in this affair,” the letter addressed to Malhotra said.

“We urge you once again to respond transparently and openly to all the questions which we have raised in our previous communications. If we do not receive any clear and satisfactory answers within a deadline of one week maximum, we will immediately produce a report for the IOC Executive Board for appropriate action,” the letter dated September 18, 2012 and signed by NOC Relations Director Pere Miro said.

“In particular, we expect (i) a clear answer to the simple question of the date of which the Elective General Assembly of the IOA is expected to take place and (ii) a clarification of the composition of the General Assembly with respect to the principle of the voting majority for the national federation affiliated to the IFs governing sports on the programme of the Olympic Games,” it said.


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