The International Olympic Committee on Friday, threatened to ban the Indian Olympic Association if the upcoming elections (December 5) are not held according to the Olympic Charter.

In a joint letter to IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra and secretary general Randhir Singh, who himself is a presidential candidate, IOC and OCA chiefs Jacques Rogge and Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah have asked the national Olympic body to clarify its stand by November 30, failing which the IOC will be forced to take a tough stand. The IOC feels that the elections may take place according to government and not Olympic charter guidelines.

The IOC has therefore, asked IOA for 'clear and written guarantees' that the elections will adhere to the guidelines of the charter. "Unless you rectify the situation with immediate effect and give a clear and and written guarantees to the IOC to ensure that the elections be held strictly on the basis of the Olympic Charter and the IOA's constitution, we inform you that a proposal for suspension of your NOC will be presented to to the IOC Executive Board at its next meeting on 4-5 December 2012," the IOC said in the letter.

The IOA has however said that the only point of difference between the Olympic Charter and the Sports Code is the age and tenure clause. The rest of the election norms, according to it, are exactly the same.