Indian Olympic Association

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The Indian Olympic Association () 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 the events. It also acts as the Indian Commonwealth Games Association, responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Commonwealth Games.

History

The Indian Olympic Association was formed in 1927 with Sir Dorabji Tata as its first president and since that year has been the body officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee as India's national Olympic organisation. Dorabji was replaced by Maharaja Bhupindra Singh in 1928 who stayed on the position till 1938.

India, the world's second most populous country, has only won a total of nine gold medals in its Olympic history, all but one in men's field hockey. It earned its first medal for women, a bronze at the Sydney Games, in women's weightlifting.

Governing committee

Since 26 April 2011, after the arrest of its president Suresh Kalmadi; Vijay Kumar Malhotra is the acting president of the IOA.  The current secretary general and treasurer of the IOA are Raja Randhir Singh (son of Raja Bhalindra Singh) and Ashok Kumar Mattoo respectively.

2020 Summer Olympic bid

The Indian Olympic Association stated that "Delhi would bid for the 2020 Olympics". The IOA had decided to bid for the 2016 Games but after a failed attempt to host the...
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