Suresh Kalmadi and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala have been appointed as life presidents of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in its Annual general body meeting.
Suresh Kalmadi is alleged to have been involved in corrupt practices in relation to the 2010 Commonwealth Games during his tenure as president of Indian Olympic Association and chairman of Common Wealth Games 2010. He was charged with conspiracy, forgery, misconduct and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and later arrested for the same in April 2014. He was accused of handing out a Rs. 141-crore contract to Swiss Timing for its timing equipment – the deal was inflated by Rs. 95 crores.
We are shocked at the resolution passed by IOA to make Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala life presidents: Vijay Goel, Sports Minister pic.twitter.com/VaR5mu4ccR— ANI (@ANI_news) December 27, 2016
The Indian Olympic Association is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at the events. It also acts as the Indian Commonwealth Games Association, responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Commonwealth Games.