In the PIL filed last week by social activists Amitabh Thakur and his wife Dr Nutan Thakur to ensure compliance of the directions issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the Allahabad High Court, Lucknow bench directed the Union of India Counsel to obtain instructions from the Government.
The Bench comprising of Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice Vishnu Chandra Gupta directed the case, which is urgent in nature, to be listed in the next week. As per the PIL, IOC suspended IOA from December 2012 for having failed to comply with the directions to suitably amend its constitution for introducing integrity and ethics along with good governance in sports.
This suspension has a number of ill effects, the most devastating being India's ban from Olympics, which is considered to the biggest sporting event that takes place every four years. In fact, this ban from December has been one of the most embarrassing episodes in India's sports
history and has also embarrassed Indian sportspersons.
Again during its meeting in Buenos Aires on 04 September, IOC decided that if IOA amends its constitution by 31 October to incorporate the clause that any person against whom charge has been framed in a law court will get removed as an office-bearer, its suspension will be revoked.
The petitioners have said that participation in Olympics is associated with not only sports but also linked with the sentiments of the entire nation and has its ramifications in international diplomacy and international prestige of a nation as well.
It is time for the IOA to listen to the legitimate demand that has been put forward by IOC, as it is only going to help Indian sports if bans are imposed against tainted officials.