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The Indian Olympic Association is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent Indiamarker at the Olympic Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at the events. It also acts as the Indian Commonwealth Games Association, responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Commonwealth Games.

The Indian Olympic Association was formed in 1927 with Sir Dorabji Tata as its first president and since that year has been the body officially recognised by the International Olympic Committeemarker as India's national Olympic organisation . He was replaced by Maharaja Bhupindra Singh in 1928 who stayed on till 1938.

India, the world's second most populous country, has only won a total of nine gold medals in its Olympic history, all but one in men's field hockey. It earned one bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, in women's weightlifting.

The current president of IOA is Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, who has been in office since 1996.

2020 Summer Olympic bid

The Indian Olympic Association stated that "Delhi would bid for the 2020 Olympics." The IOA had decided to bid for the 2016 games but after a failed attempt to host the 2014 Asian Games, it will now bid for the 2020 games, officials confirmed.

Past presidents of IOA

  1. Sir Dorabji Tata 1927-1928
  2. Maharaja Bhupindra Singh 1928-1938
  3. Maharaja Yadavindra Singh 1938-1960
  4. Raja Bhalindra Singh 1960-1975
  5. Air Chief Marshal OP Mehra 1976-1980
  6. Raja Bhalindra Singh 1980-1984
  7. Mr. V C Shukla 1984-1987
  8. Dr. Sivanthi Adityan 1987-1996


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