first_imgIOA Vice-President Tarlochan Singh said that the IOA does not need approval from anybody to name any person as its Life President and todays decision was taken “unanimously” by the General House. “IOA General Body does not need any clearance from anybody to appoint any person a life president or patron. It was within the rights of the IOA. Moreover, all the past presidents have been made Life Presidents or Patrons,” Tarlochan told PTI. “It was a unanimous decision of the General House of the IOA. A LIfe President is an honorary post. It has no office, no power and does not involved in the day-to-day functioning of the IOA. I dont see any problem in this decision,” he said. Pune-born Kalmadi, also a former Congress Member of Parliament, was a powerful sports officials in his heydays. He was the president of Asian Athletics Association for 13 years from 2000 to 2013. He was made Life President of the Asian athletics body last year. Kalmadi, now 72, was also a member of the powerful ruling council of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) from 2001 to 2013. Chautala had served as president of erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation whose recognition was terminated by the world body AIBA in 2013 for possible manipulation in IABF elections. Recently, he was elected as president of one rival faction of the Haryana Olympic Association, which was later given recognition by the IOA. PTI PDS PDSlast_img


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