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IOC warns India of strict action if sports legislation implemented

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned India of "appropriate measures" if the country's Sports Ministry implements the new sports legislation which limits the age and tenure of sports federation heads.


The warning came after the Sports Ministry of India refused to incorporate the suggestions from the IOC.


The IOC, after a meeting of its executive board here, said the proposed legislation is adrift of the mutual agreement that came up during its meeting with the Indian Olympic Association and representatives of the Indian Government in Lausanne last June.


"It appears that the government of India is still failing to respect the jurisdiction and autonomy of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Olympic Movement in the country and that it is now in the process of drafting new sports legislation, which may not be compatible with the Olympic Charter and the basic principles which govern the Olympic Movement," the IOC said in a statement after the meeting.


"Consequently, the EB clearly indicated that it would reserve its right to consider appropriate measures at its next meeting in early July 2011 in Durban.


"This may unfortunately impact the representation and participation of India on the international sports scene and at the Olympic Games, in particular, if the government of India does not observe its commitment to respect the jurisdiction and autonomy of the NOC and the Olympic Movement in the country," it added.


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