Suspension of IOA : December 5, 2012 – News n Analysis by Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist, how the International Olympic Committee (IOC) can review its own decision to lift ban from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA)?
Before I come to the main topic, I would first like to hint a background history of International Olympic Committee, as it is, to enable you to form an idea what it is?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) in French is so-called Comité international olympique, CIO, it is an international non-governmental organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
It was founded by Pierre, Baron de Coubertin, on 23 June 1894 with Demetrios Vikelas as its first president. Today its membership consists of 105 active members and 32 honorary members.
The IOC organizes the modern Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, held in Summer and Winter, every four years. The first Summer Olympics organized by the International Olympic Committee were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896; the first Winter Olympics were in Chamonix, France, in 1924. Until 1992, both Summer and Winter Olympics were held in the same year.
After that year, however, the IOC shifted the Winter Olympics to the even years between Summer Games, to help space the planning of the two events two years apart from one another, and improve the financial balance of the IOC, which receives greater income on Olympic years.
The first Summer Youth Olympics were in Singapore in 2010 and the first Winter Youth Olympics were held in Innsbruck in 2012.
Suspension of India by the International Olympic Committee has shocked the whole country. Some lapses and ignoring of warning ultimately led to this ill fate.
The Govt. has no right to interfere but it has the privilege of requesting them to review their decision in the larger interest of the noble cause of sports and they have every power of reversing the ban.
In this the regard, the Sports Minister Jitendra Singh should take the cause seriously and make an appeal to review their decision in the noble cause of sports for which International Olympic Committee is in the formation, if they can ban it, they can also remove it.
The Govt. should promise IOC to amend the constitution or remove any other clause they wish, so that India should not lose its sports-spirit but approach the IOC with a joint prayer on behalf of all players with a promise to mend the shortscoming.
I am sure they would grant the relief to India if properly approached and requested.