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New Delhi: Slammed by the sporting fraternity for bringing shame on the country, a beleaguered Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is holding its much-awaited elections on Sunday which is expected to clear the decks for India’s return to the Olympic fold after 14 months of suspension by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

World Squash Federation president Narayana Ramachandran, younger brother N. Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is set to be elected unopposed as president of IOA in the polls that will be held after Abhay Singh Chautala and Lalit Bhanot were barred from contesting.

Kho Kho Federation of India president Rajeev Mehta and All India Tennis Association chief Anil Khanna will be elected unopposed as secretary general and treasurer, respectively.

Chautala and Bhanot were elected as president and secretary general in the IOA polls on 5 December 2012, a day after the IOC suspended India for government interference and for allowing tainted persons in the election process. The IOC had declared the elections “null and void".

There will be elections only for vice-presidents on Sunday as nine candidates were left in the fray for eight posts that will be conducted in the presence of three IOC observers and a sports ministry official.

The elections, which will be conducted by a three-member election commission of the IOA, will be preceded by a special general body meeting which will make an amendment in the constitution under the diktat of IOC so as to make it clear that charge-framed persons would have to cease being members of IOA besides being barred from contesting elections.

“It will be a short affair. The general body will make a small constitutional amendment and then straightway election will start," a top IOA official said.

The IOC had hinted recently that India could be brought back to the Olympic fold after the IOA elections. IOC president Thomas Bach had hinted India’s return even before the Winter Olympics that began on Friday in Sochi if the IOA held its elections before the Games. PTI

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