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Sports ministry gets notice to ensure compliance of IOC directions by IOA

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NEW DELHI: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court today issued notice to the Union Sports Ministry on a public interest litigation filed by IPS officer Amitabh Thakur and social activist Nutan Thakur to ensure compliance by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) of the directions issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).



After hearing arguments of petitioners' counsel Asok Pande, the bench of Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya directed the Sports Ministry to present facts related with the matter within one week.



According to the petition, IOC suspended IOA in December 2012 for not complying with the directions to suitably amend its constitution for introducing integrity, ethics and good governance in sports and reiterated it again during its meeting in Buenos Aires on 4 September directing IOA to amend its constitution by 31 October.



Amitabh and Nutan said that participation in the Olympics is associated with not only sports but is also linked with the nation's sentiments and has ramifications in international diplomacy and prestige, hence the sports ministry be directed to use its authority to ensure that IOA complies with the IOA directions in the prescribed period.

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