Exclusive: International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra slams IOA’s ‘stupid’ decision

first_imgInternational Hockey Federation (FIH) president Narinder Batra slammed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for their decision to appoint Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala life time presidents.”I don’t know what made IOA take that stupid decision yesterday. I am sorry am using the word stupid,” Batra told India Today.  (Also read: Suresh Kalmadi declines post of life president with Indian Olympic Association)Batra, who is associate vice-president of the IOA, said he would quit from his post unless this decision is reversed.Kalmadi remained the president of IOA for 15 long years before his alleged misdeeds in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games were exposed. He was forced to step down and was arrested for misappropriation of funds before he was released on bail. (Also read: Exclusive: I will sue Sports Minister Goel, says Abhay Chautala)Haryana strongman Chautala was then seen as his heir apparent and was elected as president if the IOA in 2012. His appointment resulted in IOA being suspended for 14 long months.Chautala also had to step down to pave the way for IOA’s comeback into the international Olympic fold. (Also read: Exclusive: Unfair to criticise Suresh Kalmadi, says lawyer)Chautala too is facing charges of disproportionate assets case, but he is still the man who has been running the IOA affairs from behind the scenes.There was furore immediately after India Today first broke the story. Sports Minister Vijay Goel even called the IOA’s decision “unacceptable”.After the sports ministry sent a showcause notice to the IOA, Kalmadi decided to decline the offer. However, Chautala said he would not step down and even threatened to sue Goel.advertisementBatra said he did not support the IOA’s decision and added that he was happy with Kalmadi’s call to back off. “Looking at the current situation of the BCCI, there was no need for another controversy. I am happy Kalmadi has withdrawn and hope Chautala does too.”Meanwhile, Sports Minister Vijay Goel also slammed the IOA’s decision but he said he was hopeful of corrective measures thanks to public pressure.”This is a kind of corruption in sports when two tainted officials are given backdoor entries in the IOA,” Goel told India Today.last_img

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