IOA constituted two-member ad-hoc committee
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) constituted a two-member ad-hoc committee on 27 April 2023, consisting of Bhupendra Singh Bajwa, Member of the Executive Council of the IOA and Ms. Suma Shirur, a Sportsperson of Outstanding Merit from the IOA.
An Overview of the News
Ahead of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections, the IOA will also appoint a retired high court judge to the ad-hoc committee for fair and transparent elections.
The WFI Ad-hoc Committee will be responsible for managing the affairs of the federation including the selection and participation of players in international events.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the IOA Executive Council chaired by PT Usha, President, Indian Olympic Association.
As per the directive given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the earlier proposed May 7 election of WFI has now become invalid.
Background of the constitution of the Ad-hoc Committee:
It will manage executive issues like player selection and their participation in international games.
The WFI president's election was originally scheduled for May 7 but the Ministry of Youth Affairs declared it illegal following which an ad-hoc committee was formed.
Meanwhile, demonstrations are being held against former Indian wrestler WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for alleged sexual harassment of female wrestlers.
Constitution of Committee by IOA:
In January this year, the IOA had constituted a committee headed by veteran boxer MC Mary Kom to resolve a complaint.
The primary objective of the IOA is to support sports development in our country by ensuring the well being and care of the sportspersons.
Her top priority is to safeguard the interest of Indian wrestlers and facilitate their participation in upcoming international competitions including the Asian Games.
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