October 18 - The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has given provisional affiliation to five national sports federations and also announced a three-judge committee to monitor its elections on November 25 following a letter from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The move came at the IOA Annual General Meeting today where the new members were named as the Ice Skating Association Of India, the Ice Hockey Association of India, the Indian Amateur Luge Association, the Indian Golf Union and Indian Modern Pentathlon.
The associations have been granted affiliation for one year and all five will have to fulfil certain conditions to gain full membership.
They join provisionally as the IOC ruled that a majority of the national sports federations (NSFs) that represent the country in the Olympic Games must be allowed to cast their votes at the elections.
In addition, the three-judge committee will ensure that the elections run smoothly after the IOC warned the IOA that it must be done if it wanted to avoid sanctions.
"We appointed a five-member committee to discuss the issue of affiliation of federations and they have recommended that one-year provisional affiliation be granted to five national federations and they be given voting rights as well for the November elections," said IOA acting President Vijay Kumar Malhotra (pictured top).
"The federations, by and large, qualify for affiliation, but they still need to comply with certain relevant provisions of the IOA constitution and they need to fulfil them within a year or else they would be disaffiliated."
The new members could be key in determining who the new IOA President is after controversial former incumbent Suresh Kalmadi revealed this week that he will not be seeking re-election to the position.
The 68-year-old former chairman of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games has served as IOA President for 16 years after first being elected in 1996.
But he was temporarily replaced by Malhotra after he was arrested in April 2011 and kept in prison for 10 months for corruption charges linked to Delhi 2010.
With Kalmadi out of the race, the contest for President looks set to be between Indian Boxing Federation chairman Abhay Chautala and the current IOA secretary general Randhir Singh.
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