(Last Updated on : 06/06/2016)
Indian Olympic Association is a non profitable body responsible for selecting the young athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at the events.
Objectives of Indian Olympic Association
Indian Olympic Association acts as the Indian Commonwealth Games Association, responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Commonwealth Games.
Background of Indian Olympic Association
The background of Indian Olympic Association was related to Indias participation in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics. In 1923-1924, a provisional All India Olympic Committee was formed, and the All India Olympic Games (that later became the National Games of India) were held in February 1924. Eight athletes from these games were selected to represent India at the 1924 Paris Olympics, accompanied by manager Harry Crowe Buck.
Development of Indian Olympic Association
Indian Olympic Association gives impetus to the development and institutionalization of sports in India, and in 1927, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), was created at the initiative of Harry Crowe Buck and Dr. A. G. Noehren (both of the Madras (YMCA) College of Physical Education).
Financing of Indian Olympic Association
Sir Dorab Tata was important in financing and supporting the movement and became the first Indian Olympic Association President in the year 1927. Messrs Buck and Noehren travelled across India and helped many states organise their Olympic associations. Noehren was the first Secretary and G. D. Sondhi was the first assistant secretary of the Indian Olympic Association, and after Noehren resigned in 1938, Sondhi and S.M. Moinul Haq became the Secretary and Joint Secretary of the Indian Olympic Association.
Formation of Indian Olympic Association
Indian Olympic Association was formed in the year 1927, and since that year was officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee as India's national Olympic organisation. In 1928, Bhupindra Singh took over as Indian Olympic Association President.
International Olympic Committee and Indian Olympic Association
International Olympic Committee suspended the IOA on the basis of corruption, government interference, and not following guidelines of the IOC. Several members of the IOA have been charged with crimes. Indian Olympic Association was formally banned for not following the Olympic Charter in their elections, instead following the Indian government's Sports Code. Indian Olympic Association held elections under the Indian Sports Code due to a directive from the Delhi High Court
. On 15th May 2013, International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to lift the ban on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as Indian representatives from the government and sports bodies reached an agreement with International Olympic Committee officials.
Indian Female Athletes
Indian Male Athletes
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