Indian Olympic Association: It plays a key role in the selection and participation of Indian sportspersons in the Olympic Games as well as Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Sir Dorabji Tata alongwith YMCA India Director Dr. A.G. Noehren, played a pivotal role in fostering the Olympic movement in India as well as the formation of I.O.A. In 1927, The I. O. A. was constituted with Sir Dorabji Tata as its first president and Dr. Noehren as secretary. In the same year the International Olympic Committee officially recognised I.O.A. as India’s national Olympic organization.
In addition to the national federations for each sport, there are State Olympic Associations in various states in the country. The Indian Olympic Association is entrusted with the overall responsibility for India’s participation in the Olympic Games. Besides the world events, I.O.A also decides the organization of National games.
Role of I.O.A. :
- To develop and protect the Olympic movement and amateur sports.
- To enforce and defend the exclusive rights of the Association to the use of Olympic flag and Olympic insignia.
- To enforce all rules and regulations of the 1.0. C.
- To certify the amateur status of competitors from India for international competitions.
- In co-orperation with national sports federations/Associations organize and control selection, training, coaching of the teams that will represent india.
- To undertake with assistance of the National Sports Federations (NSFs) the financial management transportation, maintenance and welfare of teams from India taking part in Olympic games and other games under the patronages of the I.O.C.
- To promote and encourage physical, moral, cultural education of youth of the nation for the development of character, good health and good citizenship.
- To take disciplinary action against any federation for misbehaviour or any other undesirable activity bringing discredit to the country.