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Tytler and eight others withdraw nominations.

A DAY after Randhir Singh withdrew his nomination for the post of president in the Indian Olympic Association ( IOA), nine more candidates from his camp pulled out from contesting the December 5 election.

Among those to withdraw their names on Monday were Jagdish Tytler, who was seeking a re- election for the post of vice- president, Mukesh Kumar, who had filed his nomination for the post of secretary general, and National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh.

Janardan Singh Gehlot, president of the Kabbadi Federation of India, also took back his nomination.

His withdrawal means Swimming federation's Virender Nanavati will be the lone candidate for the post of senior vice- president.

Randhir withdrew his nomination on Sunday, claiming that he did not wish to contest the election which is being held against the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee ( IOC). He said there was every possibility that the IOA may get suspended if it continues to go against the directives of the world body.

Assam Olympic Association general secretary Rockybul Hussain, withdrew his nomination for the post of vice- president and as did Onkar Singh, Sunaina Kumari, John Kharshing, Sharda Murdia and Raja Sidhu.

Tytler, who heads the Judo Federation of India, said that even if the election is held as scheduled, the IOA will not have any standing in the international arena.

" I and other like- minded people agree that we should not become part of the election which not only neglects the IOA constitution and Olympic Charter but also neglects the interest of sportspersons.

Much damage has already been done to the reputation of the organisation because of a few adamant people. With threat of de- recognition of the IOA lurking, I have decided to withdraw my nomination from the election," said Tytler.

Meanwhile, Mukesh Kumar's withdrawal leaves Lalit Bhanot and K Murugan as the two candidates for the post of secretary general.

Murugan was expected to withdraw his nomination but so far the volleyball federation chief hasn't backed out.

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Date:Nov 27, 2012
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