The Sunday Leader

New NOC President says he will respond only to the IOC

Newly elected National Olympic Committee President, Suresh Subramaniam says the National Olympic Committee will only respond to the International Olympic Committee.

Subramaniam, who was elected President of the National Olympic Committee recently, told The Sunday Leader that he and his committee will be working according to the laws of the International Olympic Committee and not local sports laws.

Subramaniam also says he will look towards China for expertise and assistance.

Subramaniam told AP-Focus that he is very keen to have dialogue with China since China is a leader in international sports and have produced Olympic champions in the past.

“Our two countries have a long and healthy relationship. We can transfer that relationship to sports as well,” he said.

Subramaniam said that he will be travelling to China this month and will seek to have meetings with the Chinese Olympic Committee.

“Our Olympic movement comprises of 31 summer sports federations and 2 athletics commissions. We had a very successful AGM on the 23rd February after 9 years. After a due election process the new committee was elected for a 4-year term. In all, 12 members including the President had been elected to run the federation for the next 4 years,” he said.

Subramaniam noted that the National Olympic Committee had been influenced by political interference over the last nine years and said that there was some uncertainty which affected Sri Lanka’s chances in Olympic sporting events.

However, now with an elected body in place, Subramaniam said he was confident the committee will be able to operate without any political interference.

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