The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has directed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) without any further delay. Further, the Association has been asked to coordinate with international sports federations to deal with the challenges faced by the country’s sports federations, specifically emphasising the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). The IOC issued these directions in its executive board meeting.
The IOA was required to appoint a CEO in accordance with the draft constitution framed under the supervision of the Supreme Court within a month after the new executive council took charge. The new IOA council took charge in December 2022, but a CEO has not been appointed yet. Earlier, the Committee had issued a similar direction in March of this year. The president of the IOA, PT Usha, stated that only one candidate met the criteria for the appointment of CEO and advertisements would be sent out for the position to get more applications.
The rules envisage that the nomination committee recommend a CEO and to be eligible for the position, the candidate must be a management professional with an experience of at least 10 years as the CEO of a company or entity with an annual turnover of Rs. 25 Crore.