Voting was done only for eight vice-presidents as there were nine candidates in the fray. One senior vice-president, six joint secretaries and nine executive council members were also elected unopposed. All the office-bearers of the IOA will have a term till 2016, the Olympic year. The three observers from International Olympic Committee said they would submit a "favourable" report to IOC president Thomas Bach and expressed hope that India's suspension would be revoked "sooner than later"
Robin Mitchell, IOC member from Fiji and the seniormost among the three, even hinted that India's suspension could be revoked before the end of the ongoing Sochi Winter Olympics so that the three Indians taking part in the Games can hold the tri-color in the closing ceremony. "We are very happy at the way the proceedings have happened today. We are reaching Sochi tomorrow and will submit our report to IOC president and it is upto him when to call the Executive Board meeting to decide on India's return. We hope it will happen sooner than later," Mitchell said. Asked about any time frame, he said, "The IOC Executive Board is meeting before the closing ceremony of Sochi Winter Olympics and hopefully the EB will decide to revoke India's suspension in that meeting. We want Indian athletes to take part in the closing ceremony with the national flag," he said. Shiva Keshavan, Himanshu Thakur and Nadeem Iqbal took part in the opening ceremony of Sochi Olympic Games under the IOC flag. Ramachandran, who served as treasurer from 2008-12 and in the suspended IOA under Chautala, said his immediate job was to ensure India's returns to Olympic fold as soon as possible. "My immediate job is ensure that India returns to Olympic fold and our athletes take part in international events under the national flag," he said at the press conference. Ramachandran refused to comment when asked about cases reportedly pending in high court against him. (PTI)