IOA chief Ba­tra stands by ap­point­ment that raised eye­brows

The Hitavada - - SPORTS -

IN­DIAN Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Narinder Ba­tra on Satur­day stood by the ap­point­ment of Pawan­deep Singh Kohli as the chair­man of its med­i­cal com­mis­sion, a move that raised a few eye­brows. Pawan­deep’s name was em­broiled in a con­tro­versy when he was ap­pointed as the chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer of the In­dian con­tin­gent for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“We stand by the de­ci­sion to ap­point Dr Pawan­deep Singh Kohli as the chair­man of med­i­cal com­mis­sion. The de­ci­sion was jointly taken by sec­re­tary gen­eral Rajeev Me­hta and I. Fur­ther, the Ex­ec­u­tive Board has to rat­ify all the ap­point­ments in its next meet­ing,” Ba­tra said in a state­ment.

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