SC orders status quo, says Delhi HC-appointed CoA will not take charge of IOA

Updated: Aug 18 2022 8:16PM

New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) In an interim relief to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a status quo by making it clear that the Delhi High Court-appointed three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) will not take charge of the sports body.

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and C T Ravikumar gave the order after it took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the IOA, that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not recognise any un-elected bodies like the CoA and consequently, India may be barred from taking part in international sports events.

Earlier in the day, Mehra had sought an urgent hearing and said the appointment of the CoA may lead to the IOA's suspension by the world sports body like it happened in the case of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The AIFF was on Tuesday suspended by the FIFA due to "undue influence from third parties".