Indian Olympic Association (IOA)

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The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) formed a three-member ad hoc committee to run the day-to-day affairs of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) recently.

About Indian Olympic Association (IOA)

  • The IOA is the governing body for the Olympic Movement and the Commonwealth Games in India.
  • As an affiliated member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), the IOA administers various aspects of sports governance and athletes’ welfare in the country.
  • IOA oversees the representation of athletes or teams participating in the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and other international multi-sport competitions of the IOC, CGF, OCA, and ANOC.
  • Beyond participation in the Games, the IOA has also established various initiatives with different stakeholders for the development of sports education and Olympic studies.
  • IOA is recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • Foundation:
    • It was established in 1927 with Sir Dorabji Tata and Dr. A.G. Noehren as the Founding President and Secretary General, respectively.
    • It is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. 
  • Members:
    • The members of the IOA include National Sports Federations (NSFs), State Olympic Associations, IOC Members, and other select multi-sport organisations.
    • In accordance with the Olympic Charter, the membership NSFs mostly include NSFs that govern sports featured in the sports programme of the Summer Olympic Games, Winter Olympic Games, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games.
  • Governance:
    • It is currently governed by a 32-member Executive Council, headed by the President.
    • The election for the Executive Council is held once in every four years.
    • The working of the Executive Council is also assisted by different Standing Committees of the IOA that are constituted with experts in the subject-field to help in various aspects of governance. 

Key Facts about Wrestling Federation of India (WFI)

  • It is a governing body of wrestling in India.
  • It was founded in 1958 and is based in New Delhi.
  • It promotes wrestling players for the Olympics, Asian Games, National Wrestling Championships, and World Wrestling Championships.

Q1) What is the International Olympic Committee (IOC)?

The International Olympic Committee is the guardian of the Olympic Games and the leader of the Olympic Movement. A truly global organisation, it acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all Olympic stakeholders, including the athletes, the National Olympic Committees, the International Federations, Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, the Worldwide Olympic Partners and Olympic broadcast partners. It also collaborates with public and private authorities including the United Nations and other international organisations. The vision of the International Olympic Committee is to Build a Better World through Sport.

Source: IOA forms 3-member ad hoc committee to run affairs of suspended WFI