IOA leaves door ajar for tainted officials

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Reuters: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) left its door ajar for corrupt officials on Sunday, sidestepping a directive from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to bar tainted officials from contesting its elections. The IOA remains suspended from the Olympics for going ahead with its December 2012 election in which Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 months in jail on corruption charges, was chosen as its secretary general. The IOC subsequently offered a lifeline, asking the suspended IOA to amend its constitution and, among other things, bar tainted officials from contesting its elections. In Sunday’s turbulent meeting at a city hotel, IOA members decided only those who have been convicted for a period of two years and more will not be allowed to run for IOA posts or be part of the Olympic movement.