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Delhi High Court Appoints CoA to Take Over the Affairs of Indian Olympic Association

Just days after the All-India Football Federation was suspended by FIFA, on account of third-party influence in its working, the Delhi High Court has placed the affairs of the Indian Olympic Association (IoA) in the hands of a Committee of Administrators (CoA).  

The court took note of the IoA and the National Sports Federations (NSFs), “persistent recalcitrance” in complying with the National Sports Code, and imposed a number of reforms, aimed at streamlining sports management in India. The Division Bench of Justice Najmi Waziri and Justice Manmohan, in line with the recent Supreme Court ruling in AIFF v. Rahul Mehra SLP (Civil) Nos. 30748-30749 of 2017 Dated 18th May 2022 (India).  appointed a temporary, three-member CoA to handle the affairs of the IoA and carry out its day-to-day governance till a new Executive Committee is lawfully elected.

Amidst other reforms, the Court also struck down the position of “Life President” and all such permanent posts within the IoA and the NSF, on account of it being impermissible under Clause 9.3 of the Sports Code. The Court also noted, that only voting and election results which are in consonance with the Sports Code will be recognized, vis-à-vis Clause 10.1 of the IoA Constitution, which provides that NSFs representing sports will have three representatives with voting rights that may be cast in the Annual General Meetings and General Meetings of the IoA.