New Delhi: The crucial Special General Body Meeting (GBM) of the Indian Olympic Association which will amend its Constitution as per the Olympic Charter and set the ball rolling for fresh elections is likely to be held on July 11 or 12.
The International Olympic Committee had set a July 15 deadline for amendment of the IOA Constitution so that the elections are held by September 1 to pave the way for lifting the ban on India imposed on December 4 last.
It is learnt that IOC representatives are arriving in India on July 11 and indications are that the GBM will also be called on that day or a day later.
"IOC representatives are arriving on July 11 and we have to call the GBM before July 15," a top IOA said.
More than two thirds of National Sports Federations and state Olympic associations have authorized Abhey Singh Chautala, the president of the suspended IOA, to call the Special GBM in a meeting of the NSFs, the IOA and state units on June 2.
According to sources, Chautala is expected to announce the date of the GBM in a few days as 15 days prior notice is required to call the crucial meeting. It's also learnt that Chautala is waiting for a go-ahead from the IOC.
"72 percent of total number of NSFs and state Olympic units have written back to the president (Chautala) saying that they have accepted the proposal for the amendment of IOA Constitution. We have sent the proposed amendments to the IOC as desired by them (IOC)," IOA joint secretary Rakesh Gupta said.
"The IOC has sent the acknowledgement of our letter, saying that they are studying the matter and will revert soon. We are waiting for the IOC's response so that we can call the GBM," he added.
A requisition from two-third of the members of the NSFs and state units is required for a GBM to be called.


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