India has barely any time left before the International Olympic Committee's ultimatum becomes real. Spelling doom on all Indian players hopeful of playing in the international arena, the 31st October deadline is approaching with no news of a compromise.
The IOC requested India to change its policies that allow charge sheeted individuals to work as part of national bodies. Not acceptable, is what the international committee says as Indian selection process came under the scanner. No compromise, no representing India at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the Winter Olympics.
IOC member Randhir Singh told the Associated Press that the IOC executive board is clear that elections will be authorized only after the amendments asked for are complied with. "If these deadlines are not met, it will mean a crucial loss of time close to big events,” he added.
"I hope better sense prevails and people look beyond their personal desires. I hope they select a good leadership and convey the right message across the world because everyone is watching us. We can only hope they have a strong secretary-general and president who can take India forward at a time when our sportsmen are doing well," Randhir said.
India's Olympic Association has a 15 December deadline to hold fresh elections, failing which no player representing India will be allowed to play at the Olympics.