Anil Khanna resigns to leave IOA headless | Tennis News


NEW DELHI: Nearly three months after he was installed as the Indian Olympic Association‘s (IOA) ‘interim president’ following the removal of Narinder Batra by a court order, veteran sports administrator, Anil Khanna, on Wednesday resigned from his position citing the International Olympic Committee‘s (IOC) steadfast refusal to acknowledge his elevation as the acting chief of the sports body.
Following Khanna’s resignation, the IOA has become a headless organisation with secretary general Rajeev Mehta at its helm as the sole decision-maker. IOA treasurer Anandeshwar Panday, accused of raping a former woman handball player, is already out of the picture after recusing himself from the day-to-day functioning of the IOA.
Khanna, in his resignation letter, stated that the different factions of IOA have been taking contrary positions on constitutional matters, including the interpretation of its constitution and the position of the interim/acting president. The former chief of the All India Tennis Association (AITA) launched a veiled attack on the IOC for ignoring the “law of the land” and judgments passed by the honourable courts.
“While I respect the views of the IOC, at some stage, when the dust has settled, I would like to ask the IOC as to who will decide and interpret the ‘law of the land’ and the constitution of the NOCs in a nation. Will this interpretation be done by the IOC or will the same be done by the courts of a nation? Once the courts of a nation have decided after due consideration, will it be appropriate for the IOC to have a different interpretation than the findings of the courts?” he questioned.
Speaking to TOI, Khanna informed that IOC member Nita Ambani and IOC Athletes’ Commission member Abhinav Bindra, among others, have been invited to join the Indian delegation which will be travelling to IOC headquarters in Lausanne to hold talks with MacLeod and others on September 27. “Abhinav Bindra and Nita Ambani have been invited and they are likely to form part of the delegation. Others will include two officials from the sports ministry, including secretary Sujata Chaturvedi, two senior members of the IOA and a senior vice-president, apart from Mehta.”
So, will he be travelling being the senior VP? Khanna informed: “Could be, but I am yet to take a call on it. Let’s see.”
Khanna had taken over the IOA’s reins on June 24 after ex-chief Batra was ordered by the Delhi high court to stop functioning as its president in a contempt proceeding, a month after he was asked to give up the top post. However, Khanna – who is also the IOA’s senior vice-president – was never accepted by the IOC as the national Olympic committee’s (NOC) interim head and the same had been communicated to the IOA’s executive council (EC) members in a letter dated September 8 by the world body’s Director of Olympic Solidarity and NOC Relations, James MacLeod.
Khanna’s active administrative career will also come to an end when the new set of elected office-bearers take charge of the IOA following its elections by December this year. He turned 70 on July 23rd and, as per the sports code, the president, secretary and treasurer will cease to hold that post on attaining the age of 70 years.





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