ORGANISATION


The Indian Olympic Association 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. In this regard, the IOA oversees the representation of athletes or teams participating in the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and other international multi-sport competitions of IOC, CGF, OCA and ANOC. The Indian Olympic Association is recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Foundation

The IOA was established in the year 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. As member of the IOC and OCA, it is the Indian Olympic Association’s primary mission to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in the country. Beyond the participation in the Games, the IOA has also established various initiatives with different stakeholders for the development of sports education and Olympic studies.

The members of IOA include National Sports Federations, State Olympic Associations, IOC Members and other select multi-sport organisations. In accordance with the Olympic Charter, the membership for National Sports Federations 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

The Indian Olympic Association is currently governed by a 32-member Executive Council, headed by President, Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra. The election for the Executive Council is held once in every 4 years. The last election of the IOA was held on 14th December 2017.

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. Together with the Executive Council Members, Standing Committees and the Office, the IOA administers Olympic movement in India.


Names of the Presidents and Secretaries General who have governed the Indian Olympic Association since its inception:


PRESIDENT

1927-28            SIR DORABJI TATA


1928-38            MAHARAJA BHUPINDRA SINGH


1938-60            MAHARAJA YADVENDRA SINGH


1960-75            RAJA BHALENDRA SINGH


1975-80            AIR CHIEF MARSHAL OP. MEHRA


1980-84            RAJA BHALENDRA SINGH


1984-87            MR. VIDYA CHARAN SHUKLA


1987-96            DR. B. SIVANTHI ADITYAN


1996-2011            MR. SURESH KALMADI, M.P


2011-12            PROF. VIJAY KUMAR MALHOTRA*


2012-14            MR. ABHAY SINGH CHAUTALA, MLA


2014-17            MR. N. RAMACHANDRAN


2017-            DR. NARINDER DHRUV BATRA


*Acting President

SECRETARY GENERAL

1927-28            DR. A.G. NOEHREN


1928-52            PROF. GURU DUTT SONDHI


1952-56            PROF. MOIN-UL HAQ


1956-60            MR. ASHWINI KUMAR


1960-70            MR. PANKAJ GUPTA


1970-74            MR. ASHWINI KUMAR


1974-75            MR. J.C. PALIWAL


1976-86            AVM C.L. MEHTA


1986-87            DR. R.L. ANAND


1987-2012            RAJA RANDHIR SINGH


2012-14            DR. LALIT K. BHANOT


2014-            MR. RAJEEV MEHTA



IOC MEMBERS

1927-32            SIR DORABJI TATA


1947-92            RAJA BHALENDRA SINGH


2001-14            RAJA RANDHIR SINGH (2014 – present IOC Honorary Member)


2016-            MRS. NITA AMBANI


2019-            DR. NARINDER DHRUV BATRA


IOA LIFE PRESIDENTS

2014            MR. V.K. MALHOTRA


2017            RAJA RANDHIR SINGH