IOC, OCA validate IOA elections, congratulate PT Usha | More sports News

NEW DELHI: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Asian Olympic Committee (OCA) gave their approval to the newly elected body of the Indian Olympic Association (IAO) following its recent elections.
Both governing bodies also congratulated the IOA President PT Ucha by letter of December 16.
“We have taken note of the results of the IOA elections and would like to extend to you our most sincere congratulations on your election as President of the Indian Olympic Association as well as to all the members of the Executive Council elected on this occasion,” said the letter.
The letter was jointly published by James Macleod, Director of Olympic Solidarity and NOC Relations at the IOC and Hussain Al-Musallam, Director General and Technical Director of the OCA.
Usha, 58, was officially elected to the top job in elections on December 10, ending the long-running crisis in the faction-dominated IOA.
The IOC in September ordered the IOA to hold elections by December or face a ban.
“As the election process has been completed in accordance with the decisions taken by the IOC Executive Board and the agreed roadmap, we are pleased to confirm that as far as the IOC and the OCA are concerned, the situation is now fully normalized and we can resume regular business with OAI,” the letter read.
“We look forward to establishing a fruitful collaboration with you and the newly elected leadership of the AIO and to working closely together to support and assist the AIO in fulfilling its mission and daily activities, in the interest of the Olympic Movement and the athletes in India, in accordance with the Olympic Charter.”
Usha is the first Olympian and the first international medalist to lead the IOA in its 95-year history.
Expressing her pleasure at receiving the recognition from the IOC and OCA, Usha said, “I am delighted to receive the letter from the world and Asian bodies. Our first step is clear and we can now focus on the preparations. of the Paris event. Olympic Games.”
The IOA elections were due to take place in December last year but could not take place due to a pending case in the Delhi High Court where a petition was filed seeking an amendment to its constitution before elections are held to bring it into line with the National Sport Code.


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