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Decision to appoint Suresh Kalmadi, Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents of IOA revoked
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has revoked its decision to appoint Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents, after the move back-lashed.

Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position at the IOA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Chennai on December 27.

"Both Kamaldi and Chautala's appointments have been declared null and void as after going through all the documents of the AGM we found out that there were technical fault in the decision," a top IOA official told PTI.

The Sports Ministry had withdrawn the recognition of the IOA after it appointed the two as its life presidents. Both Kalmadi and Chautala are facing corruption charges.

The day the IOA took this decision to appoint Kalmadi and Chautala as life presidents, the government clarified that they don't agree with it as the decision was against basic ethics. That's why the government has decided to suspend their recognition till it reverses the order," Sports Minister Vijay Goel had said.

As per reports, IOA President, N. Ramachandran and IOA Secretary Rajeev Mehta are scheduled to leave on January 16 to Lausanne to meet senior IOC officials to seek their guidance after being de-recognised by the Sports Ministry.

The sports fraternity had criticised the move and the newly-appointed International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Narinder Batra had also resigned as the Olympic body's associate vice-president in protest against the decision.

Kalmadi, an accused in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam, had voluntarily decided to step down from the post. But Chautala, who is facing a trial in disproportionate assets case, had insisted that he will step down only if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) asks him to do so.

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