|Secretary General||Rajeev 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.
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). 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. In 1928, Maharaja Bhupindra Singh took over as Indian Olympic Association president.
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.
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.
|1.||Sir Dorabji Tata||1927–1928|
|2.||Maharaja Bhupinder Singh||1928–1938|
|3.||Maharaja Yadavindra Singh||1938–1960|
|5.||Om Prakash Mehra||1975–1980|
|7.||Vidya Charan Shukla||1984–1987|
|Acting||Vijay Kumar Malhotra||26 April 2011 – 5 December 2012|
|10.||Abhay Singh Chautala||5 December 2012 – 9 February 2014|
|11.||Narayana Ramachandran||9 February 2014 – 14 December 2017|
|12.||Narinder Batra||14 December 2017 – present|
|1.||A. G. Noehren||1927–1928|
|7.||J. C. Paliwal||1974–1975|
|8.||Air Vice Marshal C. L. Mehta||1976–1986|
|9.||Roshan Lal Anand||1986–1987|
|12.||Rajeev Mehta||9 February 2014 – present|
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|
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.
|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|
|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||Taekwondo Federation of India|
|Tennis||All India Tennis Association|
|Triathlon||Indian Triathlon Federation|
|Volleyball||Volleyball Federation of India|
|Weightlifting||Indian Weightlifting Federation|
|Wrestling||Wrestling Federation of India|
These all sports are under the Winter Games Federation of India.
|Ice Hockey||Ice Hockey Association of India|
|Ice Skating||Ice Skating Association of India|
|Luge||Indian Amateur Luge Association|
|Billard||Billiards and Snooker Federation of India|
|Bowling||Bowling Federation of India|
|Karate||NKF Karate do Federation 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.
|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. The election of Lalit Bhanot as Secretary General was considered controversial by some due to his alleged involvement in the Commonwealth Games Scam.
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. 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. 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. India still did not have its three competitors play under the national flag at the 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. The president of the World Squash Federation, Narayana Ramachandran, was instead elected.
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.
The IOA is present on social media, with the Press Office of the Committee running an official Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram 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. 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. The logo was created by Smitten an international design firm founded in Chennai by Smita Rajgopal.