Indian Olympic Association

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Indian Olympic Association
Indian Olympic Association logo
Country/Region India
Created1927; 95 years ago (1927)[1]
HeadquartersNew Delhi, India
PresidentAnil Khanna (Acting)
Secretary GeneralRajeev Mehta

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) or Indian Olympic Committee (IOC) is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at these events. It plays with the name of Team India. It also acts as the Indian Commonwealth Games Association, responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Commonwealth Games.[2]

Early history

Indian Olympic Association, 1942:
Top Row, l to r: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7-Basir Ali Sheikh, 8 - Stanley de Noronha, 9, 10, 11
Middle Row, l to r: 1- Nalini Ranjan Sarker, 2- Kamal Kumar, 3, 4, 5, 6- Sohrab Bhoot, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11-M.S. Ahluwalia
Seated, l to r: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-President Maharaja of Patiala, 6- S.M. Moinul Haq, 7 - B. L. Rallia Ram, 8,9- G D Sondhi
This picture was taken at the Yadavindra public School, Patiala.

Background and early years: The background behind the creation of the Indian Olympic Association was related to India's participation in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics. After the 1920 Games, the committee sending the team to these games met, and, on the advice of Sir Dorab Tata, invited Dr. Noehren (Physical Education Director of YMCA India) to be secretary, along with AS Bhagwat, of the provisional Indian Olympic Committee; Dorab Tata would serve as its president. Subsequently, in 1923–24, a provisional All India Olympic Committee was formed, and the All India Olympic Games (that later became the National Games of India) were held in Feb 1924. Eight athletes from these games were selected to represent India at the 1924 Paris Olympics, accompanied by manager Harry Crowe Buck. This gave impetus to the development and institutionalization of sports in India, and, in 1927, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), was created at the initiative of Harry Crowe Buck and Dr. A. G. Noehren (both of the Madras (YMCA) College of Physical Education).[3] Sir Dorab Tata was important in financing and supporting the movement and became the first Indian Olympic Association president in 1927. Messrs Buck and Noehren travelled across India and helped many states organise their Olympic associations. Noehren was the first Secretary and G. D. Sondhi was the first assistant secretary of the Indian Olympic Association, and, after Noehren resigned in 1938, Sondhi and S.M. Moinul Haq became the Secretary and Joint Secretary of the Indian Olympic Association.

And so the Indian Olympic Association was formed in 1927, and since that year was officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee as India's national Olympic organisation.[1] In 1928, Maharaja Bhupindra Singh took over as Indian Olympic Association president.[4]

Early tasks:

  • Sending Teams to the Olympics: In its first decade, the Indian Olympic Association selected sportspersons to represent India at the Olympic Games in 1928, 1932, and 1936. Subsequently, by 1946–47, the Indian Olympic Association took responsibility only to send the Indian team to the Olympics (principally, this meant arranging transport, board, and accommodation), while the separate federations for each sport were responsible for selecting and training competitors for their sport. Reflecting this, ahead of the 1948 Olympics, the IOA Council agreed that a team representing athletics, swimming, weight lifting, wrestling, boxing, football, and hockey, with officials for each of these sports, and a Chief Manager, would be entered for the 1948 Olympics. And so, from 1948 onward, India began sending teams representing several sports – each selected by its respective sports federation – to the Olympics.
  • Securing Funding: One of the Indian Olympic Association's main early challenges was to secure funding, so that it could send the national team to the Olympics and finance the related costs of transport, room, and board. It obtained funding from the Indian government, from the state governments, and from various state sports federations.

Illustrating this, IOA President Yadavindra Singh's appeal for funding in 1948 stated: "We need about 3 Lacs of rupees to finance" the Indian Olympic team for the London Olympics; that "the youth taking part in these games become ambassadors of goodwill" for India; and that "careful selection, intensive training and proper equipment is most essential" to field a competitive team, but that the Indian Olympic Association is "greatly handicapped for want of sufficient funds" for these tasks.[5]

The Indian Olympic Association thus undertook wider outreach with several national sports federations, and essentially became a clearing house that coordinated the sending of multiple sports teams – each selected by their respective sports federations – to the Olympics.

  • The National Games: The Indian Olympic Association had one other major responsibility: that of holding the biennial National Games (Indian Olympics). It recognised, in the 1920s-1940s, that the promotion of sports in India needed a National Games, because there was no overall national sports federation of India. Instead, there were separate national federations for each sport, such as athletics, swimming, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, weightlifting, cycling, boxing, football. These sports federations essentially held their national championships at the Indian National Games.

IOA Presidents

S.No. Name Tenure
1. Sir Dorabji Tata 1927–1928
2. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh 1928–1938
3. Maharaja Yadavindra Singh 1938–1960
4. Bhalindra Singh 1960–1975
5. Om Prakash Mehra 1975–1980
6. Bhalindra Singh 1980–1984
7. Vidya Charan Shukla 1984–1987
8. Sivanthi Adithan 1987–1996
9. Suresh Kalmadi 1996–2011
10. Vijay Kumar Malhotra * 26 April 2011 – 5 December 2012
11. Abhay Singh Chautala 5 December 2012 – 9 February 2014
12. Narayana Ramachandran 9 February 2014 – 14 December 2017
13. Narinder Batra 14 December 2017 – 25 May 2022
14. Anil Khanna* 25 May 2022 – present

* Acting

IOA Secretary Generals

S. No. Name Tenure
1. A. G. Noehren 1927–1928
3. Moin-ul-Haq 1952–1956
4. Ashwini Kumar 1956–1960
5. Pankaj Gupta 1960–1970
6. Ashwini Kumar 1970–1974
7. J. C. Paliwal 1974–1975
8. Air Vice Marshal C. L. Mehta 1976–1986
9. Roshan Lal Anand 1986–1987
10. Randhir Singh 1987–2012
11. Lalit Bhanot 2012–2014
12. Rajeev Mehta 9 February 2014 – present

IOA Executive Council

Following is the IOA Executive Committee for the 2017–2021 term.

Designation Name National Sports Federation /
State Olympic Committee
President Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra Hockey India
Senior Vice-President R. K. Anand Jharkhand Olympic Association
Anil Khanna All India Tennis Association
Vice-Presidents Adille Sumariwalla Athletics Federation of India
Birendra Prasad Baishya Indian Weightlifting Federation
Virendra Nanavati Swimming Federation of India
Sudhanshu Mittal Kho Kho Federation of India
Sunaina Kumari Bowling Federation of India
K. Govindaraj Basketball Federation of India
Kuldeep Vats Delhi Olympic Association
Karan Chautala Luge Federation of India
Janardan Singh Gehlot Rajasthan State Olympic Association
Secretary General Rajeev Mehta Fencing Association of India
Treasurer Dr. Anandeshwar Panday Handball Federation of India
Joint Secretaries Surinder Mohan Bali Ice Hockey Association of India
Rakesh Gupta Indian Triathlon Federation
Namdev Sampat Shirgaonkar Modern Pentathlon Federation of India
Onkar Singh Cycling Federation of India
D. V. Seetharama Rao National Rifle Association of India
Vikram Singh Sisodia Chhattisgarh Olympic Association
Executive Members Adhip Das Odisha Olympic Association
Ajit Banerjee West Bengal Olympic Association
Balbir Singh Kushwaha Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association
Digvijaya Singh Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association
Dushyant Chautala Table Tennis Federation of India
Gurudatta Bhakta Goa Olympic Association
Hemochandra Singh Irengbam Manipur Olympic Association
V. N. Prasood Wrestling Federation of India
Rupak Debroy Tripura State Olympic Association
Abhijit Sarkar Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association
Representative of Athletes' Commission Anju Bobby George
  • ✝ Janardhan Singh Gehlot died in office on 28 April 2021.

State Olympic Associations

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Olympic Association
  2. Andhra Pradesh Olympic Association
  3. Arunachal Pradesh Olympic Association
  4. Assam Olympic Association
  5. Bihar Olympic Association
  6. Chandigarh Olympic Association
  7. Chhattisgarh Olympic Association
  8. Delhi Olympic Association
  9. Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Olympic Association
  10. Goa Olympic Association
  11. Gujarat State Olympic Association
  12. Haryana Olympic Association
  13. Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association
  14. Jammu and Kashmir Olympic Association
  15. Jharkhand Olympic Association
  16. Karnataka Olympic Association
  17. Kerala Olympic Association
  18. Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association
  19. Maharashtra Olympic Association
  20. Manipur Olympic Association
  21. Meghalaya State Olympic Association
  22. Mizoram Olympic Association
  23. Nagaland Olympic Association
  24. Odisha Olympic Association
  25. Pondicherry Olympic Association
  26. Punjab Olympic Association
  27. Rajasthan Olympic Association
  28. Sikkim Olympic Association
  29. Tamil Nadu Olympic Association
  30. Olympic Association of Telangana
  31. Tripura State Olympic Association
  32. Uttarakhand Olympic Association
  33. Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association
  34. West Bengal Olympic Association
  35. Railways Sports Promotion Board
  36. Services Sports Control Board

National Sports Federations

National sports federations are categorized in two categories i.e. Olympic Sports and Other Recognized Sports

The IOC's membership currently includes 38 National Sports Federations.[6]

IOC Permanent Olympic Sports

Sport National Federation
Aquatics Swimming Federation of India
Archery Archery Association of India
Athletics Athletics Federation of India
Badminton Badminton Association of India
Basketball Basketball Federation of India
Boxing Indian Boxing Federation
Canoeing Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association
Cycling Cycling Federation of India
Equestrian Equestrian Federation of India
Fencing Fencing Association of India
Football All India Football Federation
Golf Indian Golf Union
Gymnastics Gymnastic Federation of India
Handball Handball Federation of India
Hockey Hockey India
Judo Judo Federation of India
Modern Pentathlon Modern Pentathlon Federation of India
Rowing Rowing Federation of India
Rugby Indian Rugby Football Union
Sailing Yachting Association of India
Shooting National Rifle Association of India
Table Tennis Table Tennis Federation of India
Taekwando India Taekwondo
Tennis All India Tennis Association
Triathlon Indian Triathlon Federation
Volleyball Volleyball Federation of India
Weightlifting Indian Weightlifting Federation
Wrestling Wrestling Federation of India

IOC Winter Olympic Sports

These all sports are under the Winter Games Federation of India.

Sport National Federation
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey Association of India
Ice Skating Ice Skating Association of India
Luge Indian Amateur Luge Association

IOC recognized sports

Sport National Federation
Billard Billiards and Snooker Federation of India
Bowling Bowling Federation of India
Karate No membership at present, last member Karate Association of India
Netball Netball Federation of India
Squash Squash Rackets Federation of India
Wushu Wushu Association of India


Following are some sports which IOC does not recognise as a Sport.

Sport National Federation
Arm Wrestling Indian Arm Wrestling Federation
Kabaddi Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India
Kho Kho Kho Kho Federation of India
Yachting Indian Sailing (Yachting) Association


On 26 April 2011, after the arrest of its president Suresh Kalmadi, Vijay Kumar Malhotra was the acting president of the IOA up to 5 December 2012.[7] The election of Lalit Bhanot as Secretary General was considered controversial by some due to his alleged involvement in the Commonwealth Games Scam.[8]

On 4 December 2012, the International Olympic Committee suspended the IOA on the basis of corruption, government interference, and not following guidelines of the IOC. Several members of the IOA have been charged with crimes.[9][10] The IOA was formally banned for not following the Olympic Charter in their elections, instead following the Indian government's Sports Code. The IOA held elections under the Indian Sports Code due to a directive from the Delhi High Court.[11] On 15 May 2013, International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to lift the ban on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as Indian representatives from the government and sports bodies reached an agreement with IOC officials.[12] India still did not have its three competitors play under the national flag at the Winter 2014 Olympics. On 9 February, an election was held to choose a head of the IOA. Abhay Singh Chautala and Lalit Bhanot were ineligible due to having court charges against them. With the support of Abhay Singh Chautala, the president of the World Squash Federation, Narayana Ramachandran, was instead elected.[13]

On 11 February 2014, the International Olympic Committee revoked the ban enforced on Indian Olympic Association. As a result, India returned to the Olympic fold after 14-months.[14]

Multi-sport events hosted by IOA

Social media

The IOA is present on social media, with the Press Office of the Committee running an official Facebook[15] page, as well as Twitter[16] and Instagram[17] accounts.

The IOA debuted a new logo and new campaign tag #EkIndiaTeamIndia in 2020, this was celebrated on India's independence day 15 August 2020.[18] The previous logo was created in 1924 at the inception of the IOA, the logo emphasized the Star of India. Through symbols of the Tiraṅgā the new logo celebrates the pride, dignity and lifetime of determined hard work given by India's finest athletes.[19] The logo was created by Smitten an international design firm founded in Chennai by Smita Rajgopal.[20][21]

See also


  1. ^ Foundation
  2. ^ "India at the Commonwealth Games". Commonwealth Games Federation. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  3. ^ Dr A G Noehren was National Physical Education Director of the YMCAs in India, and H C Buck was Principal of the National YMCA school of physical education in Madras
  4. ^ Sharma, V. K. Physical Education Class 12. Saraswati House Pvt Ltd. p. 57. ISBN 978-93-5041-921-2.
  5. ^ Appeal by Yadavindra Singh, President, Indian Olympic Association, 1948
  6. ^ "Member Units". Indian Olympic Association. Archived from the original on 13 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Kalmadi has not been removed: Malhotra". Deccan Herald. 27 April 2011. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Abhay Chautala becomes IOA President, Lalit Bhanot named Secretary General". Suni System (Pvt) Ltd. 30 November 2012. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  9. ^ "India outrage over IOA suspension from Olympics". BBC News. 5 December 2012. Archived from the original on 21 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  10. ^ "IOC wants fresh polls before it lifts ban on Indian Olympic Association". Yahoo! Sports Canada. The Canadian Press. 15 January 2013. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013.
  11. ^ PTI (4 December 2012). "IOA suspension is an 'unfortunate decision', says Jitendra Singh". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  12. ^ Srinivasan, Kamesh (16 May 2013). "IOC agrees to take India back in Olympic fold". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  13. ^ "IOA polls on Sunday, India likely to return to Olympic fold". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014.
  14. ^ "India's Olympic exile ends as IOC revokes IOA's ban". Times of India. 11 February 2014. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Indian Olympic on Facebook". Facebook.
  16. ^ "Indian Olympic on Twitter". Twitter. Archived from the original on 25 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Indian Olympic on Instagram". Instagram.
  18. ^ "Indian Olympic Association reveals new logo". Olympic Council of Asia. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  19. ^ "IOA adopts new identity on its 100-year milestone at Olympic Games". Sportstar. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  20. ^ "IOA urges NSFs, SOAs to update websites with its new logo". The Times of India. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  21. ^ "Smita Rajgopal, an engineer with MBA degree, opts for graphic designing as her career". The Economic Times. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2020.

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