Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran on Saturday said he will approach the government and take up the matter of the national body’s suspension by the Sports Ministry, after consulting the International Olympic Council and Olympic Council of Asia.

The Sports Ministry on Friday had temporarily suspended the IOA till the time it reverses the decision to make tainted duo Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala its “life presidents”.

“I am away in New Zealand, on a personal issue relating to my family. I understand that the government has suspended the Indian Olympic Association due to the conferment of the life time presidency to Mr. Suresh Kalmadi and to Mr. Abhay Singh Chautala,” Ramachandran was quoted as saying by PTI.

“The IOA is a body that has to function under the guidance and supervision of OCA and IOC. On my return in the New Year I shall discuss this issue with the OCA/IOC after their offices open in the New Year for their guidance and advice, and thereafter take this up with the government to see how this issue can be resolved,” he added.