Indian Olympic Association (IOA)


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : IOC

Mains level : Olympics and India

The Supreme Court has ordered status quo on the implementation of a Delhi High Court order to hand over the affairs of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to a Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Why in news?

  • The FIFA had recently gone ahead and suspended the AIFF, citing “third party interference”, leaving an air of uncertainty on the prospect of India hosting the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October.
  • The governance of the AIFF had similarly been transferred to a CoA by the Supreme Court.

Delhi HC case

  • The high court had passed the order on a petition seeking a direction for redrafting of the IOA constitution in accordance with the National Sports Code, 2021.

Controversy with IOC

  • According to IOC rules, if any national body is governed by a non-elected body, it is seen as interference by a third party.
  • The moment the CoA takes charge, there is 99 per cent chance that India and our sportspersons will get suspended from all international events and Olympic Games.

Olympics and India

  • India first participated in the Olympics in 1900 in Paris.
  • The country was represented by Norman Pritchard, an Anglo Indian who was holidaying in Paris during that time.
  • The seeds for creation of an organisation for coordinating the Olympic movement in India was related to India’s participation in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics.
  • Back then, Sir Dorabji Tata suggested the need for a Sports body at National level for promoting Olympic Sport in united India.
  • After the 1920 Games, the Committee sending the team to these Games met, and, on the advice of Sir Dorabji Tata, invited Dr. A.G. Noehren (Physical Education Director of YMCA India) to also join them.

Establishment of Indian Olympic Association (IOA)

  • Subsequently, in 1923-24, a provisional All India Olympic Committee was set-up, which organised the All India Olympic Games in February 1924.
  • Eight athletes from these Games were selected to represent India at the 1924 Paris Summer Olympics, accompanied by manager Harry Crowe Buck.
  • This gave impetus to the development and institutionalization of sports in India, and, in 1927, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was formed, with Sir Dorabji Tata as its founding President and Dr. A.G. Noehren as Secretary.
  • The same year as it was formed, 1927, the Indian Olympic Association was officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

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