Ruptures within the Indian Olympic Association are continuing to grow following the latest expressions of discontent ©Getty Images

Two State Olympic bodies have become the latest to criticise Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N Ramachandran as pressure grows for him to call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to discuss his future. 

Representatives from Jharkhand, an Eastern State close to the Bangladeshi border, have written a letter to the IOA delivered today, signed by acting secretary general Shivendra Dubey, arguing that, "in view of the present working style of N Ramachandran", the body "demands a no confidence motion against him".

According to FirstPost, Rupak Debroy, secretary general of the State Olympic Association of nearby Tripura are also "totally in disagreement with his working".

There is thought to have been concerted behind-the-scenes opposition to Ramachandran, which erupted into the open following perceived criticism of how he had denied other figures access to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach during a visit there last month.

Hockey India President Narinder Batra has claimed there to be widespread criticism to Ramachandran's running of the body, because he is "working towards weakening and finishing off the IOA".

He also called for an EGM in order to press for a no-confidence vote, threatening to orchestrate further opposition if such a meeting is not called within a month.

This comes little more than a year after the IOA's 14-month suspension from the IOC, following the election of tainted officials, was lifted only after the appointment of Ramachandran as President.

N Ramachandran is under pressure to step down just 14 months after assuming the Presidency ©AFP/Getty Images
N Ramachandran is under pressure to step down just 14 months after assuming the Presidency ©AFP/Getty Images

If the official, who also heads the World Squash Federation, is ultimately forced to step down and replaced by non-IOC approved officials, the world's second most populous nation faces a resumption of its ban, which could result in athletes being unable to compete under the national flag at next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

During his visit, which included a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bach warned the IOA to stay clear of infighting and work together to improve sport during a visit to the nation, advice that appears not to have been listened to.

An IOC spokesman told insidethegames over the weekend they will "wait for something to happen" before passing comment, while Ramachandran is also yet to make any announcements publicly.

A no-confidence motion against either the President, secretary general, treasurer and other Executive Council members can only be passed if two-third majority of the members are present and voting, as stipulated in the IOA constitution.

The IOA General Body has 183 votes in total, with each sporting National Federation having three votes and each State body two. 


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