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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday, September 22, asked former apex court judge Justice L. Nageswara Rao to amend the constitution of the Indian Olympic Association and prepare the electoral college.
A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said the ex-top court judge would ensure a fair and development-oriented approach for the future of the Olympics in the country.
The court asked Justice Rao to prepare a road map for amending the constitution and holding elections by December 15, 2022.
It also gave its permission to Rajeev Mehta, who is currently the secretary general of the IOA, and Adille Sumariwalla, vice president of the IOA, to participate in the September 27 meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
“All logistical arrangements shall be made available to Justice Rao by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and to be reimbursed by IOA,” the bench, also comprising Justice Hima Kohli, said.
The IOC on September 8 issued a final warning to the IOA to “resolve its governance issues” and hold elections by December, failing which the world sports body will ban India.
The executive board of the IOC, which met in Lausanne, Switzerland had also decided not to recognise any “acting/interim president” after Narinder Batra’s ouster as Indian Olympic Association president and said it will deal with secretary general Rajeev Mehta as the main point of contact.