New Delhi :  The suspended Indian Olympic Association on Sunday appeared firm on bailing out charge-sheeted sports officials and again pleaded with the International Olympic Committee to reconsider its decision to bar them from contesting elections.

The IOA, during its Special General Meeting on Sunday, refused to incorporate the contentious IOC-proposed clause that would have barred charge-sheeted individuals from holding any post and suggested an alternative that would affect only convicted officials.

The IOC will take two weeks to come back with it suggestions. But with the IOC busy with its election process, slated for September 7 in Buenos Aires, IOA will have to wait and postpone its elections, which are scheduled for next month.

While the IOA accepted the age and tenure clause proposed by the IOC in its proposed draft constitution, there was no consensus on the clause that no charge-sheeted person should be allowed to hold office and contest an election.

What the IOA had proposed to the IOC was that a convicted official, who has been given a sentence of two years and above will be automatically rejected. If the sentence is less than two years then it should be left to the discretion of IOA’s ethics commission.

If the amendments are accepted by the IOC, it will be a huge relief for officials like former IOA president Suresh Kalmadi, Lalit Bhanot and V.K. Verma, who have been charge-sheeted in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam.

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