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Now world taekwondo body suspends India.

THE Indian Olympic Association and the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation have already had their affiliations to their respective world bodies suspended, and now, the World Taekwondo Federation ( WTF) has followed suit by suspending the Taekwondo Federation of India ( TFI).

In a letter dated December 13, 2012, addressed to TFI president Harish Kumar, WTF secretary general Jean- Marie Ayer stated that the body had taken the decision as a consequence of the International Olympic Committee's move to suspend India's membership.

" The World Taekwondo Federation has been informed of the decision of the International Olympic Committee to suspend the Indian Olympic Association which came in force as of December 4, 2012, since the IOA did not respect the IOC Charter and the autonomy of the Olympic Movement which has led to this suspension.

The World Taekwondo Federation follows the Olympic Charter and respects the decision of the IOC, as prescribed in Article 2 of the WTF Statutes.

" Accordingly, with much regret, I would like to inform you that the World Taekwondo Federation has decided to temporarily suspend the Taekwondo Federation of India, prohibiting participation of Indian Taekwondo Team in all WTF promoted and/ or sanctioned taekwondo events and other activities until the time that the Taekwondo Federation of India has regained IOC recognition," it said.

Copies of the letter are also marked to IOC president Jacques Rogge, Olympic Council of Asia president Sheikh Ahmad Al- Fahad Al- Sabah, Asian Taekwondo Union president Dai Soon Lee and all WTF council members.

TFI president Kumar couldn't be reached on the numbers given on the body's official website, while secretary T Praveen Kumar didn't answer calls.

Treasurer VN Gaikwad, however, denied receiving this letter. " We haven't received any such letter from the world body," he told M AIL T ODAY . On being informed of its contents, Gaikwad said: " We are linked to the IOC through the IOA, so the suspension could be a direct consequence of that.

But it is only a temporary suspension." IOC member Randhir Singh has played a key role in the IOA's downfall, and sources said the TFI's suspension was also an associated move, since the body had aligned itself with Randhir's rival Abhay Singh Chautala. Randhir withdrew his candidature when IOC action became imminent, and Chautala's election, along with that of the rest of the office- bearers, was declared void by the IOC.

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Date:Dec 28, 2012
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