The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has set May 7 as the date for a meeting with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The IOC has also informed the IOA that it was extending an official invitation to the Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh to attend the meeting.

The IOC expressed surprise that the suspended IOA continued to seek guidance despite being told that the only way to find a solution was “for all parties to meet, discuss and agree on a road map”.

“You or the competent bodies of the suspended IOA are requested to confirm your attendance as well as the names and functions of the persons who will form the delegation of the suspended IOA by April 16 at the latest”, read the IOC letter, signed by the Relations Director of National Olympic Committees (NOC), Pere Miro.

The IOC had originally wanted the meeting to be held in March, but had extended the dates to April. In its earlier letter, the IOC had categorically mentioned, “the main purpose of this meeting will be to agree on an action plan and a road map, with clear deadlines, to sort out all pending issues and to allow for free, fair, democratic and transparent elections within the IOA on the basis of a revised IOA Constitution and the Olympic Charter, without any outside interference”.

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