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IOC has not yet approved Anil Khanna's presidency of the IOA.

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IOC has not yet approved Anil Khanna's presidency of the IOA.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has adopted a 'wait and watch' approach before clarifying its stance on the Delhi High Court's order on Narinder Batra's continuance as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president. The IOC, however, has stopped short of approving IOA senior vice president Anil Khanna's elevation to the top post as its acting chief after the court ordered Batra to stop functioning as the national Olympic committee's (NOC) president in a contempt proceeding. It's been learnt that Batra has challenged the June 24 or der, passed by the vacation bench of Justice Dinesh Sharma on a contempt petition filed by Olympian Aslam Sher Khan. "The IOC takes note that Dr Batra has appealed the court decision. We will wait for the outcome of the legal procedure," the IOC informed TOI in a statement. The matter has been listed before the roaster bench for August 3. IOA's treasurer Anandeshwar Panday told TOI that he was hopeful of getting the IOC's endorsement of Khanna's presidency. "We are confident of receiving a letter of approval for Mr Anil Khanna from both the IOC and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in a couple of days. We have to respect the court's order." The court, in its latest order (which has now been made available) on Khan's contempt petition, observed that the functioning of the national sports federations (NSFs) should be above any kind of doubt. "The purity in the functioning of such federations are much more important than the individual who holds the positions," the bench noted. Earlier, On May 25, when Batra was removed as the IOA chief after the court ruled that his appointment as 'life member' of Hockey India (HI) was unconstitutional and illegitimate under the sports code, the two-judge bench had ordered: "Respondent-3 (read Batra) knew fully well that the post of Life President and Life Member in an NSF is illegal. 2009 and was granted prompt recognition by the Government of India within a couple of days thereof, R-3 went ahead and had himself appointed as Life Member of Hockey India. It was a less than honest but futile endeavour to institutionalise oneself in a body whose legitimacy itself is contingent upon conformity with the sport code and the law." The latest court interference could fuel another round of confrontation between the IOC and the IOA. The IOC has, time and again, reminded its member nations that it has complete jurisdiction over the Olympic Charter, whose sanctity is supreme and which cannot be structured. The IOC could construe it as an 'outside interference' and might come up with harsh measures against the Indian NOC.

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