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Confusion over support regarding move to oust IOA chief

A National Sports Federation chief has demanded calling off the Special General Body Meeting of Indian Olympic Association to bring a No Confidence Motion against its President N Ramachandran even as some officials claimed that the move has reached a dead end.

Hockey India President Narinder Batra said that more than 50 per cent of NSFs and state Olympic units have supported the move spearheaded by him and so a special requisition meeting of the General Body should be called at the earliest.

However, it is learnt that in an informal meeting of some IOA members late last month, former president Abhay Singh Chautala and ex-secretary General Lalit Bhanot has told them not to join in the move initiated by Batra.

“The matter has reached a dead end. The IOA members have been told in an informal meeting last month by Chautala and Bhanot not to take part in the move (to oust Ramachandran) and complicate matters. There is nothing going to happen regarding the calling of Special General Meeting to table No Confidence Motion against Ramachandran,” an IOA official said.

In the e-mail circulated today, Batra said that the Athletics Federation of India has also joined the bandwagon to oust Ramachandran and a requisition meeting should be called now as more than half of NSFs and state Olympic units have supported the move.

An AFI official, however, said that the federation had only expressed its desire to call for a meeting to sort out the issues pertaining to the working style of Ramachandran and not for removing him.

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