New Delhi, Jan 20: Former Commonwealth Games OC Chief Suresh Kalmadi has decided to step aside as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President though he has not officially resigned from the post yet.
Kalmadi has sent a letter to Senior Vice President V K Malhotra asking him to continue discharging his duty as the Acting President and that he would not represent the IOA for some time.
Kalmadi, who was granted bail by the Delhi High Court yesterday, has told Malhotra in the letter that he would not be able to represent IOA and will “not be taking part in IOA activities for a long time”.
Meanwhile, Malhotra has informed the International Olympic Committee that Kalmadi will not be involved in IOA activities for the moment.
Malhotra has also reiterated that he was authorised to run IOA in Kalmadi's absence.
A top IOA official said Kalmadi was not in a position to be involved in day-to-day organisational matters because of the court case.
“He is not in a position to devote time for IOA at the moment. He also has to attend to his electorate in Pune since he has been away for close to nine months now. He realises that it will be a prolonged absence and has therefore asked Malhotra to continue as the Acting President”, the official said.
Kalmadi had nominated the senior IOA vice president Malhotra as the Acting President before being arrested for alleged corruption in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games in 2010.