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IOA chief, EC rift on CEO joining day

It is learnt the CEO went to office on Monday as instructed, but he could not function as there was no designated place to work from.

Screenshot 2024 01 16 104706CHENNAI: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) drama refuses to die down. On a day when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) was supposed to join office, the plot thickened. The IOA had announced on January 5 that Raghuram Iyer was appointed the CEO after the Executive Committee meeting.

On Monday, a stand-off appeared between the IOA president and the nomination committee’s decision on one side and most of the EC members on the other. The CEO nomination committee, comprising IOA president PT Usha, athletes’ commission chairperson MC Mary Kom and International Olympic Committee member in India Nita Ambani, forwarded a name for the appointment.

It is learnt the CEO went to office on Monday as instructed, but he could not function as there was no designated place to work from. He spent some time in IOA and left.

The EC on Sunday wrote a letter, signed by almost all members except one or two including the athletes’ commission, objecting to the appointment. One of the EC members felt the remuneration of Rs 20 lakh per month was too much, and that the appointment was made without a clear mandate of the EC. Also the appointment of CEO was not on the agenda during the EC meeting on January 5.

The president’s office, however, claimed all procedures were followed during the EC meeting. Sources said a detailed reply has been sent to the EC members. According to the president’s office, they had renegotiated the remuneration package as desired by the nomination committee.

The EC members, however, felt the IOA lacks funds to support such a hefty pay package and that there should have been more discussion on the appointment of the CEO.

It is learnt the CEO went to office on Monday as instructed, but he could not function as there was no designated place to work from. He spent some time in IOA and left.

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