The border clash between India and China at the Galwan valley could result in Indian Olympic Association (IOA) dropping Chinese products and sponsors. IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta has said that the association is with the country and if the members feel it necessary to snap ties, the General House will take decision.Also Read - We Are in Talks With IOC For 2036 Olympics, Motera Best Venue: IOA Chief Narinder Batra
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“We have an agreement with Li Ning till Tokyo Olympics as a kitting partner. But the country comes first and IOA is no different on this. If the members feel so the General House can take decision (to snap ties),” Mehta told PTI.
“IOA is with the country,” he added.
IOA treasurer Anandeshwar Pandey echoes Mehta’s views saying IOA should end the association with Li Ning respecting the anti-China sentiments prevalent in the country after 20 Indian soldiers died during the clash.
“According to me the IOA should end this association (with Li Ning) in line with the sentiments prevailing in the country,” Pandey said.
IOA General house comprises presidents and secretaries of the national sports federations (NSFs) besides chiefs and secretaries of state Olympic associations.
Meanwhile, BCCI has said it will reconsider deal with Chinese company Vivo which is the title sponsor of IPL but only for the next cycle.