29 Nov 2012

India faces expulsion from the IOC

11:26 am on 29 November 2012

India faces suspension by the International Olympic Committee due to government interference in the forthcoming election of its national Olympic body.

In a letter to the Indian Olympic Association, the IOC said it will propose the country's suspension at its executive board meeting next week if the elections are not held strictly on the basis of the Olympic Charter and the IOA constitution.

The IOA has been directed by a Delhi court to hold the elections adhering to the government's sports code, while the IOC wants the governing body to abide by the Olympic charter.

The IOC blamed non-cooperation by the Indian government and the IOA for the current situation.

The run-up to the highly politicised IOA poll has been mired in controversy with beleaguered president Suresh Kalmadi bowing to pressure in October and not seeking re-election.

Kalmadi had been arrested in April 2011 on charges of inflating tenders worth millions of dollars for equipment used at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games which he was heading.

He was released from prison in January after serving nine months.