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IOA President reminds Hockey India President of his duties in letter

The IOA President wrote a letter to the HI President to confirm that a meeting to discuss the no-confidence motion will not be called

N Ramachandran
IOA President N. Ramachandran

Hockey India (HI) President, Narinder Batra, has received a letter from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N. Ramachandran regarding the former’s calls for a no-confidence motion in the IOA President. In a scathing letter to Dr. Batra, the IOA President broke the news that there won’t be any Special General Meeting (SGM) to consider the no-confidence motion.

Dr. Batra had sent in two e-mails on 24th June in reply to IOA President’s letter on 22nd June. Mr. Ramachandran in his latest reply mentioned the e-mails sent by Mr. Batra, saying that the e-mails were full of “false and baseless accusations”.

In order to call an SGM, at least 50% (20 or more) of the members need to send in a letter supporting the cause of the meeting. However, the IOA President, who is also the World Squash Federation (WSF) President, clarified that the SGM will not be held due to the number of members sending in the letters being less than the required 50%.

“The rules clearly mandate a written requisition to be sent to the President signed by the Presidents and Secretaries of not less than 50% member units. In these circumstances, the SGM cannot be called, and consequentially all the letters received are null and void. Please treat this chapter as closed.”

- IOA President to the HI President

Mr. Ramachandran also warned the HI President to be more transparent and stop ‘misbriefing’ the Press as it results in disruption of the functioning of the national olympic association.

At the end of the letter, he reminded Mr. Batra of his duties.

“Please do bear in mind that it is the duty of all of us to act responsibly and serve the organization by working constructively towards the advancement of sport in India.”

- IOA President to the HI President.

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