On Friday, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) named Raghuram Iyer, the former official of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This appointment, delayed by a year and prompted by reminders from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was finalized through a rigorous selection process overseen by the nomination committee, according to the IOA.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Executive Council. The CEO is a salaried official and is not elected to this position. Prior to this role, Iyer had previously held the position of CEO for IPL teams, namely Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiants.
According to the recently formulated Constitution by a panel appointed by the Supreme Court and endorsed by the IOC, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was mandated to designate a CEO within one month of assuming control of the newly established executive council, headed by PT Usha on December 10, 2022. The IOA had faced criticism from the International Olympic Council (IOC) for leaving the significant position vacant for almost a year. The responsibilities of the CEO had been temporarily assumed by Kalyan Chaubey, the IOA joint secretary and president of the All-India Football Federation (AIFF).
In March of the previous year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially recognized the outcomes of the IOA elections conducted on December 10, 2022. Subsequently, the IOC encouraged the council led by Usha to promptly designate a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Following a three-month interval, the IOC once more voiced apprehension about the IOA’s procrastination in naming a CEO. In October of the same year, there was a conversation between Bach and Usha regarding this issue during the IOC Session held in Mumbai.
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