The CBI has initiated a preliminary enquiry into allegations of nepotism and favouritism against some Indian Olympic Association officials in sending two medical professionals with the Indian team to the Rio Olympics last year.

It is alleged that Dr Pawandeep Singh and RS Negi were radiologists and did not have requisite qualification and experience but were sent to the games from July 24, 2016 to August 23, 2016 with the Indian contingent.

Vinesh Phogat suffered a knee injury at the Rio Olympics 2016. AFP. 

 

Agency sources said there are allegations of nepotism, favourtism, and irregularities against certain officials of the IOA which are being examined by the CBI.

Meanwhile, the Indian Olympic Association said it will co-operate with the CBI after the investigative agency initiated an enquiry into allegations of nepotism and favouritism in sending two "unqualified" medical professionals with the Indian team to Rio Olympics.

It is alleged that Dr Pawandeep Singh and RS Negi did not have requisite qualification and experience but were sent to Rio Olympics with the contingent.

"The matter is with the CBI. The IOA will assist the CBI in the enquiry," IOA Secretary-general Rajeev Mehta told PTI.