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Supreme Court orders status quo on move to put panel in charge of Indian Olympic Association

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Syllabus: Governance


Source: The Hindu


  • The Supreme Court ordered the 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).
  • FIFA had recently gone ahead and suspended the AIFF, citing “third party interference.


Key Highlights:

  • Previously, Delhi HC has set up a three-member CoA: The Delhi High Court had directed the setting up of a CoA comprising:
    • Former Supreme Court judge Justice Anil R. Dave
    • Former Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi
    • Former Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup.
  • Assisted by eminent sports persons: High court has directed the Executive Committee of the IOA to forthwith hand over the charge to the CoA, which would be assisted by three eminent sportspersons, namely, Olympians Abhinav Bindra, Anju Bobby George and Bombayla Devi Laishram.
  • According to the rules of the International Olympic Committee: The representation of a national-level body like the IOA by a non-elected body would be treated as a third party interference.
    • The IOA is bound by these rules. Every country in the world is bound by it.
  • Third-party interference: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is a unit of the International Olympic Committee and they have their own rules and according to them
    • If any national-level body like petitioner IOA here is represented by a non-elected body then it is treated as a third-party interference.


Federation Internationale de Football Association(FIFA):
  • It is the highest governing body of football in the world.
  • It is the international governing body of association football, futsal, and beach soccer.
  • FIFA is a non-profit organization.
  • Founded in 1904, FIFA was launched to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
  • FIFA now comprises 211 member nations.
  • It is headquartered in Zurich.

The All-India Football Federation (AIFF):

  • It is the organization that manages the game of association football in India.
  • It administers the running of the India national football team and also controls the I-League, India’s premier domestic club competition, in addition to various other competitions and teams.
  • The AIFF was founded in 1937, and gained FIFA affiliation in the year 1948, after India’s independence in 1947.
  • Currently, it has an office in Dwarka, New Delhi.
  • India was one of the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation in 1954.

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