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IOA to get ball rolling for appointment of its CEO

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will re-initiate the process of appointment of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after it got the flak from the International Olympic Council (IOC) for not filling up the crucial post for nearly one year. Currently, IOA joint secretary and All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Kalyan Chaubey has been discharging the functions of the CEO. The CEO will be an ex-officio member of the Executive Council without voting rights.

The IOA executive council, which met in Mumbai on Tuesday, decided to issue new advertisement for the post.

“The IOA will issue a new advertisement calling interested candidates to apply for the post,” an IOA source told PTI.

The decision came after IOC president Thomas Bach said on Monday that he hoped the IOA to appoint its CEO mandated under the constitution soon.

Bach chaired the 141st session of the IOC in Mumbai from October 15-17 during which cricket and four other sports were included in the programme of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

As per the new Constitution drafted by a Supreme Court-constituted panel and approved by the IOC, the IOA was to appoint a CEO who would perform the functions of the erstwhile secretary general, within a month after taking charge of the new executive council led by PT Usha. The new IOA council took charge on December 10, but till date, a CEO has not been appointed. Usha had said in March that the IOA had set a criteria for the appointment of CEO but only one applicant had been found worthy of the post. She had said that she needed more applications and the IOA would advertise again for the post.

One of the eligibility criteria for the post of CEO is that the candidate should be a “management professional with an experience of no less than 10 years as the CEO of a company/entity with an annual turnover of no less than Rs 25 crore.”

Article 15.3 of the amended IOA constitution also says that “the CEO shall be proposed by a nomination committee comprising the IOA president, chairman of the Athletes’ Commission and one IOC member from India”.

In March, while formally acknowledging the results of the IOA elections held on December 10 last year, the IOC had urged the Usha-led council to appoint the CEO.

In June, the IOC had again expressed concern over the IOA’s delay in appointing the CEO.

On Monday, Bach said he had a discussion with Usha and she seemed determined to push for the reforms within the Indian body.

Bach said more work can be done for the betterment of the IOA and the athletes once the appointment of the CEO is made.

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