IOC, FIH to take no action on complaint against Batra

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) Integrity Unit and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Ethics Commission will not take any actions on allegations against Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra.

Batra is also the president of the FIH and an IOC member.

IOA member Sudhanshu Mittal had alleged that the Batra’s election to the esteem offices of the IOA and the FIH is illegitimate, while urging the IOC Ethics Commission to ban the latter from the hockey and Olympic movement. He had accused Batra of “grossly violating” the procedures to get into the IOA and the FIH presidents’ offices.

While dismissing the allegations by IOA vice-president Sudhanshu Mittal, the IOC Ethics Commission has stated that the matter is “closed for the IOC”.

The IOC has told Mittal the “internal issues to which you refer were addressed and resolved prior to the elections” and that no action will be taken, states a report by the Insidethegames.

Similarly, FIH’S independent chairman of the integrity Unit has said that “the matter is not sustained” and therefore no action will be taken.

Batra, in response to Mittal’s allegations dismissing all points of contention para by para, sentence by sentence, had stated that the IOA vice president had referenced a later edition of the FIH statutes and there was nothing in the regulations when he was voted in as President that prevented him from holding the position with Hockey India.

Mittal though has stated that he would file a detailed rejoinder to Batra’s reply.

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