The Supreme Court on Thursday assigned its former judge, Justice L. Nageswara Rao, the task to head an effort to amend the Constitution of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and prepare a road map to elections.
The order came amid India’s run-up to the National Games scheduled in Gujarat.
A Bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud urged Justice Rao to take up the assignment and ensure a fair and development-oriented approach for the future of Olympic sports in the country.
“All logistical arrangements shall be made available to Justice Rao by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and to be reimbursed by the IOA,” the Bench, also comprising Justice Hima Kohli, said.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 8 had “issued a final warning to the IOA to “resolve its governance issues” and hold elections or face ban.
The court posted the case next after the Deepavali holidays and ordered the work on the Constitution and polls to the IOA to be completed by December 15.