Indian NOC Leadership Weathering Storm

(ATR) Indian Olympic Association president N. Ramachrandran tells ATR the clamor to oust him is losing steam.

The president of the World Squash Federation, Indian Narayana Ramachandran (L) applauds next to the world number one squash player, Egyptian Ramy Ashour, during the final presentation for squash to fill the final sports slot left vacant for the 2020 Olympic Games, during the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires, on September 8, 2013. Wrestling regained its place on the Olympic Games sports roster after a vote by IOC members which gave 49 of the 95 votes cast, and assured its place at both the 2020 - which is to be hosted by Tokyo - and the 2024 Summer Olympics. The joint bid of baseball/softball was second with 24 votes and squash received 22. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
The president of the World Squash Federation, Indian Narayana Ramachandran (L) applauds next to the world number one squash player, Egyptian Ramy Ashour, during the final presentation for squash to fill the final sports slot left vacant for the 2020 Olympic Games, during the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires, on September 8, 2013. Wrestling regained its place on the Olympic Games sports roster after a vote by IOC members which gave 49 of the 95 votes cast, and assured its place at both the 2020 - which is to be hosted by Tokyo - and the 2024 Summer Olympics. The joint bid of baseball/softball was second with 24 votes and squash received 22. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

(ATR) Indian Olympic Association president Narayana Ramachrandran tells Around the Rings the clamor to oust him is losing steam.

Proposals to bring a no-confidence motion against him led by Hockey India president Narinder Batra, who accused Ramachrandran of behaving autocratically, have not gained the required support.

Former IOA chief Abhay Singh Chautala and ex-secretary general Lalit Bhanot have also reportedly backed the World Squash chief to remain atop the IOA.

Asked by Around the Ringsif his job was safe, Ramachrandran said: "It appears to be."

Having secured more support in the past two weeks in the face of the challenge from Batra, he said the campaign to remove him "appears to have blown over. We will have to wait and see."

A May 27 meeting of IOA leaders decided not pursue a no-confidence vote in Ramachandran’s leadership, he told ATR.

Of the Indian NOC’s 76 national sports federations and state Olympic associations, the presidents and secretary generals of 50 percent of each of them must sign a letter before any special no-confidence meeting can be convened.

Ramachandran said he had received only 19 letters and insisted some of them were "defective" – or ineligible.

He suggested that "differences of opinion" had been resolved at the meeting two weeks ago.

Ramachandran has been IOA president since taking over in February 2014.

IOC president Thomas Bach visited India in April and called for unity among the IOA and India’s sporting federations and associations.

Reported by Mark Bisson

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