Kalmadi can't contest: IOC

Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi: In a further setback for Suresh Kalmadi, the ethics commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declared that the tainted Commonwealth Games chief and two other officials should not be allowed to contest for any position in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections scheduled next month.

In a memorandum issued on Thursday, the chairman of the commission, Youssoupha Ndiaye, said since three IOA officials ' Kalmadi, Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma ' were "all tried by a criminal court pursuant to the law of corruption linked to a sports event (2010 Commonwealth Games)", the trio should be "suspended from all their functions within the IOA".

The memorandum also said: "…in consequence, any candidature from these three men for any position within the IOA is not possible". Admitting that a final decision on the three officials can only be taken after the court case was over, the commission felt the three officials should be kept away to "protect the reputation of the Olympic movement". The suggestions made by the commission, which came after IOA vice president Jagdish Tytler wrote to IOC president Jacques Rogge requesting him to clear the parent body's stand on the three officials, could drastically change the equations in the forthcoming IOA elections.